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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE IS LNP’S COVERAGE?

    Posted on December 15th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    LNP: DISHONEST,
    CORRUPT & ILLEGAL!

         Two new motions were filed on behalf of William Murry against LNP yesterday. The first is a one sentence demand for a jury trial (click here).
         The second is “Plaintiff’s Supplemental Brief in Further Support of Motion to Compel Discovery Response,” (click here).
         The second goes into detail on LNP’s repeated statements in print that Murry and the Manheim Township School Board violated the Sunshine Law.
         Yes, the Sunshine Law. Remember when LNP wrote article after article and front page editorials about Murry and the Sunshine Law and demanding that he resign?
         And city council just violated the Sunshine Law twice in the last month and LNP has purposely stayed silent. Of course, they were getting money from MAW Communications all summer to “sponsor” their “Concerts on King” series. And let’s not forget that Mayor Gray and city council gave them millions of dollars of CRIZ money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion.
         They are a completely dishonest, corrupt and illegal business posing as a “news organization.” And that must absolutely come to an end.
         The below is from July 2017 on this site (click here for the original) and there will be much more coming on the actions being taken to bring charges against the city council members.

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    CITY COUNCIL:
    LAWBREAKERS!

          City Council broke the Sunshine Law twice within the last month. Who will investigate and bring charges? The two violations are:
    1.  —   Chris Ballentine is scheduled to be sworn in today as the newest member of Lancaster City Council, after Councilwoman Barbara Wilson’s resignation — effective immediately —shortly after the start of Tuesday’s council meeting.
    From the LNP story on November 29th, “Treasurer-elect Chris Ballentine to replace Councilwoman Barbara Wilson,” (click here).
    2.  —   The resolution had not been on the agenda; it was added after Gray presented it midway through the meeting.
    From the LNP story on December 14th, “Lancaster city to pay D.C. law firm $365 an hour to challenge PPL rules for LanCity Connect pole use,” (click here).
     
        Where is LNP’s coverage? Where?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * & DASTRA FOR TREASURER!

    Posted on December 14th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR…

           

              Wiczkowski                    Sorace                        Graupera

          Please keep your eyes peeled for the above criminals who may be trying to sneak out of Lancaster as quickly as they can: Frank Wiczkowski, President of MAW Communications and a fraud and a con man who has stolen $4.7 million dollars from the City of Lancaster; Danene Sorace, the finance chair of city council and the mayor elect who proposed and backed giving Wiczkowski the millions and who broke the Sunshine Law twice this month, and council president John Graupera who also broke the Sunshine Law twice this month.
         They may be armed with photos of Mayor Gray and Pat Brogan, be wearing bowties and carrying paperwork that says, “Lancaster – A City Authentic.”  They may be on their way to the LNP offices at 8 W. King Street seeking asylum and a friendly shoulder to cry on.
         If you see them, approach with caution and call District Attorney Craig Stedman immediately!
         There will be more tomorrow on this breaking story!

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     **   The city provided MAW a $1.5 million working capital loan to assist with the rollout to consumers, which began this year, and allocated another $1.5 million in funding to subsidize connection costs, which will be recouped through a user surcharge.
    From LNP’s story today by Tim Stuhlderher and linked to below.
         Let’s be clear Tim! Yes there was a $1.5 million loan and $1.5 million in funding but in this article where you discuss both of those items you also say this (click here for, “Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why”):
          The city has invested about $1.7 million so far in building the network’s “backbone,” and more buildout is planned.
          So let’s add that up, Tim:

          $1.7 million invested so far
          $1.5 million more in funding
          $1.5 million loan
          That equals a total of $4.7 million, Tim, not $3 million!

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    $100,000?

    *     “I thought it was more than that,” Mayor Gray said during Tuesday’s night’s city council meeting. He was stating how much the city would save through MAW and LanCity Connect by electronically reading the water meters and the Safety Coalition cameras.
         He said, “We’ll save half-a-million dollars a year.” Charlotte Katzenmoyer corrected him and said it was closer to a $100,000 savings. Gray said, “Oh, I thought it was more than that!”
         What a joke! This is the mayor! How out of touch is he?

    AIN’T NO SUNSHINE!

          

         LNP finally went up with the MAW story and, of course, made it an insider story (click here). Oh, do I have a lot to say about that!
         And Tony Dastra (pictured above) put his name in to be city treasurer (click here)! Yeah!
         And why isn’t LNP screaming to the heavens that city council broke the Sunshine Law several times? Who will investigate?
    Please check back later today!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE — HELLO, PPL — *** BREAKING NEWS *** MAW GETS MORE MONEY!

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 Becky 18 comments

    ALMOST $5 MILLION TO DATE

         I have run out of time today – but I will say that this is now a criminal matter and I will return to that tomorrow.
         The below two excellent comments came in today. What do we do now?

         Gotta wonder whether MAW’s proposal included projected costs to hook up to PPL poles. After all, they are an experienced “public utility”. (not) A couple of RTK requests are in order here, because the city’s paying MAW’s legal fees smacks of a cover up. Officials don’t want anyone to know how *really* bad they f*cked up, so they pay a lawyer – and then its all protected under atty-client privilege. No offense, but Lancaster, PA is one seriously f*cked up city.

         And:

         I am listening right now. They are ALL liars…Trickie Dickie, Pitbull Pat, Same Ole Same Ole etc. I think the MAW deal is one of the dumbest I have ever seen. I think that Danene is way out of her depth. Having said all that, we gave them almost $5 million to date. Are you suggesting that we simply walk away? MAW has no assets and no money and no skin in the game. I think we have to protect our investment, even if it is in the hall of fame of stupid municipal investments. What is the alternative?

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    RESIGN, KRASNE & MURSE!

           

                               Krasne                                         Murse

    —  I have called on LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher to resign multiple times since I published my special report on this site on March 9, 2017 titled, “MAW IS TAKING LANCASTER TO THE BANK” (click here).
         Now, I am calling on Robert Krasne, Chairman of the Board of LNP and Tom Murse, the Managing Editor of LNP and The Caucus, to resign.

    HELLO, PPL!

    — Allentown was all over my site this afternoon and I looked up the IP – 167.155.189.100 – and guess what? It’s PPL! I don’t know if that’s good or bad…
         See their IP come on this site in the screenshot below and below that is the IP put into “whatismyipaddress.com.”

    —   Pat Brogan, Mayor Gray’s Chief of Staff, said last night that PPL’s “make ready” requirements would boost the cost of the network [LanCity Connect] by “six figures.”
    —  She also said the estimate on the time required to “work” with the FCC and the law firm is nine months to a year.
    —  Mayor Gray said there is no maximum money amount in their contract with Best Best & Krieger.

    ****    The website for Best Best & Krieger is here.

    Joseph Van Eaton

    ***    This is Mayor Gray’s opening statement regarding Resolution #73:
         MAW Communications has been attempting to work with PPL regarding procedures and charges that PPL has established for MAW Communications to attach fiber optic cable to its poles in the City of Lancaster for the LanCity Connect program.
         These procedures and costs are known as “make ready work” or “make ready charges” and they are significant.
         Unfortunately, negotiations between MAW Communications and – and the administration has been involved in the negotiations – and PPL have been unsuccessful to date. Since efforts to resolve them have proved unsuccessful, our solicitors and MAW Communications and our technical staff view it to be in the city’s best interest to hire specialty counsel to resolve the issues through the Federal Communications Commission rather than in our local courts or the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
         The city’s counsel solicited proposals from two specialized firms  that have a proven track record of success in this area and have dealt with these particular issues in the past. These are D.C. law firms.
         The proposals from these firms are communications [inaudible]. The [    ] law group strongly recommended that we retain Joseph Van Eaton of Best Best & Krieger to represent the city in an effort to resolve the make ready charges and associated work issues with MAW Communications.
         The hourly rate they suggest is $365 an hour which seems to be reasonable. I ask Council to adopt the resolution appointing Best Best & Krieger to be special counsel for the city of Lancaster.
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    **   At the beginning of last night’s meeting, city council member Tim Roschel reported for the Public Works Department and said, “At this time I make a motion to add resolution #73 appointing special counsel for the City of Lancaster.”
         The public had absolutely no notice that this was coming.
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    Posted by former mayoral candidate Cindy Stewart during last night’s city council meeting on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page.

          Yes, that is exactly what it means and this is simply unbelievable and unconscionable!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

      COUNCIL OUT OF CONTROL!

         City council tonight approved hiring a law firm at $365 an hour on behalf of MAW Communications in their fight against PPL. This is unbelievable. They have already paid MAW $4.7 million and now they are paying a law firm on MAW’s behalf with no maximum limit on their spending! And the internet service that was promised will be delayed for months and months if not forever!
    Please check back tomorrow morning.

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

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 Becky 6 comments

     CRIME & CLEARANCE!

         “Frank Lee” sent in a link to the below crime statistics for Lancaster (click here for the website).
         During Saturday’s city council budget meeting, Captain Jarrad Berkihiser, the acting Lancaster City Police Chief, very quickly listed several clearance rates for crime. I missed the one for murder which I believe he included with other violent crimes but he said the burglary clearance rate is 30 to 40 percent. I will listen to the tape again and report back on what he said their clearance rate is for murder and other crimes. The burglary rate is awful!
         He also stated their tasers are out of warranty and I’m not sure what that means but I will listen again and give a full report here tomorrow.
         City council meets again tonight and hopefully Tony Dastra will livestream it on his “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page. The city seriously needs to start doing this on their own.

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    SOLVE MURDERS, STEDMAN!

         Aument and Martin [State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin] said they encourage prospective interim judges to forward a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to their district offices by Jan. 12.
    From the LNP story by reporter Jeff Hawkes, “Lancaster County Judge Hoberg to retire Jan. 31; Gov. Wolf to appoint interim replacement,” (click here).
         Hopefully, many lawyers are submitting their letters of intent. When this story first went up there was no mention of Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman and then, suddenly the story was revised to add him:
         Aument and Martin said they don’t know if District Attorney Craig Stedman, who in November lost a tight election for Superior Court, has an interest in being a county judge.
         So, who brought up his name, Hawkes, and why? No! He was not qualified to be a Superior Court judge and he most certainly should not be a Lancaster County judge! There will be more on this coming.
         And it was a violent night in the county yesterday. A man and woman are dead in Lancaster Township and a man was shot in the back in the city.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** – ** – * ALWAYS PATHETIC!

    Posted on December 11th, 2017 Becky 10 comments

    TWO UNSOLVED MURDERS
    —  NO PHOTOS OF VICTIMS!  —

               

                   William E. Cooper Jr.                         Austin Peters

         A friend said they thought they had worked with William E. Cooper, Jr., who was shot and killed on October 27th of this year, but they were not sure. I said, “Go to my site, I have a picture of him.” It was who my friend was thinking of and they had worked together briefly.
         A photo of Cooper was never released by the police so LNP never ran one even though it was readily available on Facebook with a minimum of research. So anyone who might have seen him the night he was killed or knew any pertinent information could not be sure it was the William Cooper they knew or saw. 
         How do you conduct a murder investigation that way? Why didn’t the police release a photo? Do they want to solve his murder or are they too busy doing other things like prostitution stings? What progress has been made?
         LNP wrote exactly one article regarding his murder. One. They ran the story on the day of his murder and several days later updated the same story to say the coroner ruled it a homicide.
         They have yet to release a photograph of Austin Peters who was shot and killed yesterday. And LNP, once again, will not do anything without the police’s “permission,” so they have not run a photo – again – easily available on the internet.
         This is an absolute disgrace and beyond terrible police work and dreadful, horrific journalism. There will be more tomorrow.

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    *** A GoFundMe page has been set up for Austin Peters, the victim of yesterday’s homicide in the city (click here).

    **   Just a quick note regarding yesterday: I could not post as my internet was very, very slow or non-existent all day. I believe the cause was my carrier, Verizon. I turned my router off and on multiple times during the day and rebooted my computer over 20 times. None of my internet connecting devices were working. This morning, everything is back to normal.
         I also heard from my other stalkers yesterday, Cheryl Dum Markle and Steven Markle who sent in this comment after I failed to make an afternoon post:
         You forgot to mention how many were shot and killed in Philadelphia. And why are you concerned about what happens in Lancaster and why are you stealing press releases? It’s clear you have nothing to complain about today, so you have to steal other people’s work. Or do you have a hangover again?    
          Steal a press release? Isn’t that the purpose of a press release? And Philly has lots of quality reporters who actually investigate and hold the police and other officials accountable. Lancaster does not!
         What pathetic, sad losers these two are! And I know some people don’t like it when I discuss these topics but unfortunately they come with the territory of having a site like mine and at some point you have to call these stalkers and harassers out. I have never met these two and they know nothing about me but apparently their lives are so empty they obsess over me literally every single day. Pathetic!
         Okay, back to the news.
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    MORE CONSTITUTION?

      
          This comment, among many, in from Richard Musser (the asterisks are mine):
         You F*cking dumb Crazy C*nt .. does that help? Don’t worry I have all the comments you didn’t Post Because your LIP SERVICE Page was WRONG
         Oh, I have saved all the comments you sent in as well, Richard. And you said I’m going to see lawsuits because I don’t post your filthy comments? Where are they, Richard? Bring them! Do you know what I’m going to do with your comments? I’m going to send them to law enforcement because it’s called harassment and terroristic threats, Richard. Just ask your friend, Diane Enck Gamber, who likes to send the legal definition of harassment to convicted stalkers and harassers!
         And according to the Constitution, I have the right to express my opinion. And I am legally allowed to write about Lancaster even if I live in Philadelphia! Imagine that, Richard? Freedom of speech! I think it’s in the Constitution!
         But, Richard, when you post things like “She harbors/helps fugitives on the run,” that’s called libel. Because it’s a flat-out, vicious lie and if I did such a thing I would be charged.
         So why don’t you run to all of those good lawyers you know because you will need them and also spend your time reading and trying to really understand the Constitution and do not send any more of your sick, filthy and threatening comments into this site!
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    LNP LIES!From the front page of LNP’s print edition this morning.

         Why is this the lead “story” on the front page of LNP? Give us news. People want news. This is just pathetic – and LNP lies!
    Please check back later today.

  • THIS MORNING IN THE CITY

    Posted on December 10th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    My internet connection has been extremely slow today. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    22-YEAR-OLD KILLED

          From the police press release (click here):
         On December 10, 2017, at approximately 1:36 AM, officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police were dispatched to the 700 block of First Street for a report of shots fired.   When the officers arrived at the scene, they located an unresponsive male victim laying on the sidewalk and determined that he had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.     Officers attempted to render aid to the victim at the scene.   The victim was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, where he succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving in the emergency room.    The 22 year-old male victim is a Lancaster City resident.    The victim’s identity is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.  
         Officers secured the crime scene and began speaking with the neighbors.   Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area.   Detectives were contacted and responded to the scene.    Detectives are currently attempting to locate witnesses and processing the crime scene for evidence, as well as checking for video footage from around the area.  
         Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE IS YOUR COVERAGE, LNP?

    Posted on December 8th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    DON’T BE SNOWED!

    MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!

        City Council is scheduled to hold their very important annual all day budget meeting for 2018 tomorrow in City Hall at 120 N. Duke Street. It is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and go to about 3:00 pm. Organizations seeking funding from the city will present their proposals.
         I contacted the “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page today and they said Tony Dastra is out of town but that someone will be live-streaming the meeting on their Facebook page. What a wonderful service to the public!
         Hopefully, it will not be cancelled because of snow and we can all watch these ridiculous city council members in action! I have my popcorn ready!
    Have a safe, warm and fun Friday and please check back tomorrow!

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    $4.7 MILLION:
    WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS?

                   

    Pat Brogan                      Danene Sorace
        
         The City of Lancaster has paid MAW Communications $4.7 million dollars to date ($1.5 million of that being in the form of a loan).
         What happens now, LNP? And why does your reporter, Tim Stuhldreher, continue to refer to this as a public-private partnership between the city and MAW? It has been proven that is a lie – the city’s only involvement is giving MAW millions of dollars!
         And what does mayor-elect Danene Sorace have to say about this debacle? She was the city council financial chair and she and Patrick Hopkins are directly responsible for that $4.7 million dollars which it appears is completely down the drain.  
         But hey, MAW owns a building in Reading that is assessed at $89,000 – so there’s that against that $1.5 million dollar loan!
         ok Lancity connect….I understand what you’re saying re: this being a legal issue and all…BUT….We Lancaster residents entrusted you to handle this, and have borne your growing pains as you rolled out your service. In fact, we’ve entrusted you to do this properly insofar as to sever ties with our other, long standing, relationships with other service providers. Frankly, the only questions we have for you is are we, or are we not, going to lose our internet service??? And should we start looking for a back-up plan??? It’s a simple question and I don’t feel it’s too much to ask for a direct answer to it. Your response is anticipated…..
    Posted on the “LanCity Connect” Facebook page.
          No, it’s not too much to ask! Stuhldreher says this in the latest article (click here):
         Mayor Rick Gray’s chief of staff, Pat Brogan, said in an email: “Unless we are otherwise advised, this does not impact LanCity Connect.”
         That’s a flat-out lie! That is not even possible! The whole point of the article is that it does directly impact LanCity Connect! Why didn’t you call her out on her lie, Stuhldreher?
          Care to comment Madame City Council Finance Chair and Mayor-Elect?
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the above article.
         Where is a comment from Danene Sorace, Stuhldreher? Why didn’t she know that MAW’s assets amount to a building valued at $89,000 in Reading?

         I honestly can NOT believe that the city went ahead and bought into this without first doing some research and at least asking PP&L if their poles could be used. It just seems like a no brainer that either they would confirm it with PP&L or at least someone, anyone, on the city council was familiar with such things and would have brought that fact to the table before the contracts were signed.
         Well, hey, for those millions that the city has already fronted this company along with a loan (?!?) and what do they get if it all goes down the drain? A building the company owns? That’s it???
         Did the city actually believe that this company could outrun Comcast with what they have to offer?
    A comment into this site under the post directly below.
         This is unbelievable and LNP is more than complicit because they were gladly taking MAW’s money that was loaned to MAW by the citizens of Lancaster. LNP is totally corrupt, and again, an absolute disgrace to journalism!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * SIGN, SIGN, SIGN!

    Posted on December 6th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    CRYSTAL CLEAR?

         I have “followed” Charlie Crystle over the years for a variety of reasons, so with the recent stories about the financial troubles of his Lancaster Food Co., I looked him up again. And he still has his blog, “Digging In!” And I found this among many other wonderful items from his May 14, 2017 post (click here and it is the second post down):
         Internet Financing–City Council did not publicly review the financial statements of MAW communications before approving a loan by the City. I hate to give credence to LIP News because of its often personal and unnecessarily vitriolic tone, but it published a letter from the City that revealed that Council didn’t evaluate the company’s finances prior to making the loan.  Danene is the Finance Chair and should have been the active steward of this process, and should have made the financial statements available to the public and discussed it specifically in public session. There is nothing in the law that requires this, but the public deserves greater public discussion, transparency, oversight, and accountability when handing out multi-million dollar loans. We have no idea whether this is a good deal or not; “trust us” is not an adequate response from the City or Council.
         I will address the “often personal and unnecessarily vitriolic tone” tomorrow and there will be an update shortly on MAW Communications.
         The current LNP article on Charlie Crystle and his Lancaster Food Co. and the GoFundMe account set up to save it is here.

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    AT LEAST 8 INCHES!

    *    I’m a little late with this, but as noted previously on this site, Robert Field of NewsLanc has really does have eight inches of documents regarding the Marriott expansion and the CRIZ (click here to read the full article)!

    DOUBLE-CHECK THIS!

        

         The treasurer’s signature appears on city checks. Holland-Jones’ signature is in the city’s system, but if someone else takes the job, it will take a couple of weeks to make the change, Hopkins said.
         In the meantime, the person will have to sign checks manually. There are a couple of hundred a week, Hopkins said.
    From today’s LNP article pictured left (click here).
    Seriously? Is this a joke? Is there a single competent person in this city administration? Could someone take 15 minutes and help them out with this? 
    Please check back later today!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * EXCLUSIVE!

    Posted on December 5th, 2017 Becky No comments

    THE SKY IS FALLING!

    (click here)

         Less than two weeks after 45 million turkeys were killed for Thanksgiving, a man killing a chicken has made the home page of Lancaster Online. It was his neighbor’s chicken so it is not known if he had killed a chicken of his own in the same manner and said he was cooking it for his dinner, if he would still be facing a felony charge with a warrant out for his arrest.
         No, I don’t condone a man beating a chicken to death with a stick – and I don’t know how those 45 million turkeys are killed every year and I don’t want to know.
         And it seems odd that it was Sidney Sweigart who committed the crime as he has the dog to the left as his Facebook profile picture and has multiple photographs of his dogs on his timeline. His last public post on his Facebook page from February of 2014 is a link to the Lebanon Humane Organization dog adoption and he says, “Great place, caring for the animals.”
         But above all, to go into this much detail on the death of a chicken is simply absurd. From the article there is this:
         “The bird showed signs of blunt force trauma and was missing a wing, Kreisher [the police officer] wrote in the affidavit.” 
         LNP figured this would be clickbait for jokes and puns and even some righteous outrage from animal activists. But a felony for killing a chicken? And maybe LNP “reporter” Lindsey Blest could spend this much time and detail on all of the unsolved murders of human beings in the county?

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    BE A BIG BOY!

    (click here)

    **   Note to LNP Managing Editor Tom Murse: No one needs this absurd, whiny crap! What is this doing on a news website?
          Even if you answer these questions, I don’t think I will understand you, Camera Thief. You have unfortunately jaded my now-obviously naïve belief that people just won’t take things from the woods that don’t belong to them.
         And so the next time you encounter one of my cameras, it will be locked – at greater expense to me – to try to dissuade people like you from doing what should be impossible for anyone with even a shred of basic human decency.
    From P.J. Reilly’s whine.
          The below commenters said it better than I can and I do urge P.J. to get professional therapy now! “A shred of basic human decency!” OMG! Call the men in the white coats and lock him up now!
     —  Maybe the Buck took it because he’s sick of being stalked. Seriously do people actually leave a camera in the woods for 10 days and expect it to be there when they return ? Hmmmm….Is this the mentality of people that are going to be walking around with loaded guns ?
    —  Gosh P.J. , that’s an awful long rambling letter. Please try and be a big boy through this. I know it’s tuff, your mom probably bought you that brand new camera and now the other boys took it. You need to move on, maybe try therapy, you’ll get through this. Lol!

     

    *    Does anyone know how to log off being a “registered insider” on Lancaster Online? You can log off Facebook and Twitter, but how do you log off as an “insider?” I can’t find a way! I don’t want them tracking me everywhere I go!

    JUST GIVE
    US THE NEWS!

    (Click here)

    Get real, LNP! What a joke!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * ARE LNP REPORTERS BLIND?

    Posted on December 4th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    RESIGN, MURSE!

     “PROTECTOR
    OF THE PEOPLE”

         It is ironic that LNP wrote about an unsolved murder today because I am so tired of LNP giving these families basically false hope and failing to hold DA Craig Stedman accountable, that I was going to and I will ask LNP reporter Tom Knapp on the first Monday of every month about the progress that is being made in finding Christy Mirack’s killer.
         So, Tom, today is the first Monday in December and you reported they’ve had 70 tips since Stedman grandstanded and exploited her family with DNA composites six days before the election: What progress has been made, Tom?
         One of the worst cases of this was when Lindy Biechler’s unsolved murder was investigated by the Vidocq Society in Philadelphia. This was the infamous “don’t buy any green bananas” story (several screenshots from this site with links are below). That was in April of 2006 and we’ve never heard another word about it since.
         Former LNP columnist Carol Petersen said this in her final column (click here):
         Journalism, at its best, is the protector of the people, asks the hard questions, doesn’t take “No” for an answer, keeps asking the question that the person at the mic during a press conference keeps dodging, and presses issues. Good journalism should make polite society just a little bit uncomfortable, because good journalism isn’t polite. Good journalism is bold. Good journalism isn’t an arm of any administration or political party. Good journalism isn’t an extension of the PR department of the police department or the mayor’s administration — no matter what party holds the office — and shouldn’t run interference for local Big Business’s ambitions.
         With today’s absurd article, and the 41 plus unsolved murders in the county since 1992, the Managing Editor of LNP, Tom Murse, should resign. He should resign because he has failed repeatedly to do the above and his news organization acts as the PR department for the police and the DA’s office. He has failed time and time again to protect the public. He and his publication are the antithesis of what journalism is supposed to be about!
          Resign, Murse!
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         I cannot find the follow-up article with the quotes from my articles below online, but the prior article from April 2006, “A national team of investigators takes a fresh look at a baffling murder – The brutal slaying of Lindy Biechler, 19, in her Manor Township apartment has confounded authorities for 30 years. Now, the Vidocq Society tackles the mystery,” is here.
         Archived on this site and below: “Green Bananas” is here; “Yellow Bananas” is here, and “WHO KILLED LINDY BIECHLER?” is here.
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    **   I just checked his Facebook page – the photo is still there:

    STEDMAN: NO INTEGRITY!

     *   “Most details must be kept internal while a major investigation is open to preserve the integrity of the work being done. I can assure, and have full confidence, the state police are very committed to solving this case,” Stedman [Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman] said.
    From the LNP article linked to below.
         The old “integrity” line. What a bunch of bull! The article states Pitch’s home was “ransacked.” So, the authorities should have fingerprints/DNA unless the killer(s) wore gloves. Did he/she wear gloves? What was the killer(s) looking for? What did they take?
          He was shot four times. What kind of gun was used? Was it one of Pitch’s own guns? Did he have guns in the gun safe? Were they taken? What kind of guns were they? What else did he have in the safe?
         Where are the answers to these questions, Stedman and LNP? Stedman has no integrity and LNP is a sorry excuse for journalism!

    *****

    LNP: STILL
    IGNORING THE OBVIOUS!

    Blest

         LNP has this huge front page headline in the print edition about the unsolved murder of Dennis Pitch one year ago (click here for the “insider” story online, “1 year later: Police still investigating fatal shooting of Salisbury Township man, family waits for answers”).
         Is “reporter” Lindsey Blest blind? Is everyone employed by LNP blind? It is one year later and still not a mention of a huge gun safe! The below is from a post on this site on December 9, 2016 (click here for the original).
         What in the world is going on? There will be much more later today.

  • * & WHAT IS HE INVESTIGATING?

    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!

    LET’S TALK “VULGAR!”

          

         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.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – 12-2-2017 UPDATE – LNP: ON THE RECEIVING END OF MILLIONS!

    Posted on December 1st, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    GOOD NEWS:
    EIGHT INCHES!

         Robert Field, the editor of NewsLanc.com, informed me today that he is sitting in front of and getting ready to review eight inches worth of documents between the Penn Square Partners (LNP & High Industries) and the City of Lancaster regarding the CRIZ award for the Marriott Hotel expansion!
         Field requested the documents under a Right to Know request. The city refused. Field appealed and the state sided and ruled in favor of Field.
         The City of Lancaster has now appealed the state’s decision in the Lancaster Common Pleas Court but Field said that his attorney negotiated the release of some of the documents (8 inches worth and some with redactions that are being challenged) and there are more to go!
         Well done, Robert, and we eagerly await your analysis!

    — Click here for NewsLanc’s, “City appeals state ruling to provide information to NewsLanc re $9 million CRIZ award.”

    *****    

    UPDATE 12-2-17 –  The video of Joy Behar and “The View” regarding Michael Flynn that was below on this post was “disabled” and I have deleted it. It is available on YouTube – click here.

    *

    Have a safe and happy Friday night!

    CORRUPTION!

    Randy Patterson

     —  The vast majority of CRIZ money is going toward existing projects. Weren’t we promised that most of the CRIZ money would be used outside downtown Lancaster?
       Randy Patterson’s involvement here is a CLEAR and INCONTROVERTIBLE conflict of interest. Right or wrong, good decision or bad, Randy was the catalyst in making the stadium happen and for the County to be encumbered with that debt. He should have NO role or say of any kind in deciding how additional public funds would flow to this project. He has NO (ZERO) business being involved here. His presence and role on the CRIZ board, regardless of his motives, is pure CORRUPTION.
    —  Lancaster county corruption is alive and well! This is racketeering between the elected officials, and their deep pocket buddies!
    These are some of the comments under the LNP “insider” article, “Authority may ask that some —or all— of nearly $1M remaining CRIZ money go to improving Clipper Magazine Stadium,” (click here).
           And LNP, the “media organization” whose job is to hold these public officials accountable, is in the thick of it and on the receiving end of millions of these dollars.
         Who is going to hold these officials accountable? Who is going to call for an investigation? Who is going to stop this unbelievable corruption?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** NO INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC!

    Posted on November 29th, 2017 Becky 9 comments

    THEY “WORK FOR YOU”
    BUT NO PUBLIC INPUT!

         I have been working on a transcript of last night’s meeting. Tony Dastra at the end of the meeting spoke up about the lack of public input and the way the whole thing was handled with absolutely no advance warning to the public. He also brought up councilwoman Louise Williams who has been absent this entire year. I hope to have that and Council President John Graupera’s arrogant and lying responses as well.
         And then there is also the report given on the latest CRIZ meeting and money being handed out and racist LNP’s Marriott and the Convention Center – surprise – received a lot of it!
         I hope to have it all tomorrow and then back to the Lancaster Safety Coalition and their cameras and the unsolved murders and crimes.

    ******

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    CITY COUNCIL IS
    OUT OF CONTROL!

      

                               Barbara Wilson                     Chris Ballentine

         Lancaster City Council members voted last night to replace city councilwoman Barbara Wilson with no input whatsoever from the public. Wilson resigned last night with two years left in her term to become the Executive Director of the City Housing Authority. 
         In a move which the city council members had obviously planned well in advance they simply voted in Chris Ballentine to replace Wilson and said he would be sworn in today. Mayor elect and current city councilwoman Danene Sorace was absent from last night’s meeting with no explanation for her absence. 
         Ballentine was just elected to also be the City Treasurer.
         This is corruption on the highest levels and please check back for this developing story. You can view all of last night’s meeting on Tony Dastra’s “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). Wilson’s announcement and the voting on her replacement takes place within the first 10 minutes of the meeting.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – A NON-PROFIT “SAFETY” ORGANIZATION?

    Posted on November 28th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    IS LNP COMPLICIT?

         Today, for a variety of reasons, I decided to finally buy Lisa Michelle Lambert’s book, “Love, Murder, and Corruption in Lancaster County: My Story,” and I also read the reviews on Amazon.com (click here). LNP reporter Tom Knapp has a review there – all of a sudden he’s an expert.
         And on the same day as DA Craig Stedman’s press conference regarding “new information” on Christy Mirack’s killer, Knapp went on Mirack’s Facebook page posting a request to interview family members. His post (below) was directly under another post in which a person posted that very morning five hours before Knapp that he had knowledge that Mirack had dated an East Lampeter Police Officer and was very afraid of him.
    *
        
         I have stated on this site that you cannot trust posters on social media – but that does not mean that you don’t contact them to try to determine the truth or lack thereof in their statements. How can you be a “reporter” and not do so? And I will have more to say on that tomorrow regarding the recent and still unsolved murder of William Cooper on October 27th in the city and very close to a Lancaster Safety Coalition camera.
         But back to the reviews. In one dated June 27, 2016 on Amazon and a portion of it is reprinted below, the poster asks the question: “But then, is it possible that our local media and it’s sources are in league with the corruption that exists all around us in Lancaster County?”
          Is it possible? Is there any other way to explain all these unsolved murders? Is there any other way to explain “reporters” failing to ask important, obvious questions and failing to hold these officials accountable? There will be more tomorrow.
    [Editor’s note: I have not corrected the reviewer’s various misspellings of “Christy” and “Mirack” or made any other corrections.]
        
          … It amuses me when you look at the comments regarding Lisa’s book you realize that Lancaster County has very few real thinkers, relying instead on the printed LNP media. In our (old) Lancaster New Era, the locals read that Lisa murdered Laurie Snow. That was proof enough for them. Case closed. Same thing happened regarding Chrystie Myrak in 1993. To them the murderer was never found. Not one of the Lancaster New Era fed people had the intelligence to question the possible proceedings prior to and then after Christy’s murder. After all, the newspaper told them that the murderer was not found. And, to the shame of our local “detectives”, the murder remains “on the books”.
         Now we have Lisa’s book that in just one paragraph alone the possible Myrak murderer was uncovered. The realization that the East Lampeter Township police department had a hand in both Myrak’s death and that of Laurie Show has allowed the thinking reader to possibly connect some long hidden dots. The possible love affair between the same policeman and Christy and the raping by that – possible – same officer of Lisa Lambert allows the thinking person to draw some very important conclusions. So, to those naysayers in Lancaster county who want to continue to deny Lisa Lambert’s freedom, start thinking and stop being spoon fed by our local media who should have done some investigation on their own apart from the various local police departments. But then, is it possible that our local media and it’s sources are in league with the corruption that exists all around us in Lancaster County? I personally don’t think you have to wonder too far and too long on the subject. Lisa’s book opens up a lot of closets into which additional probing is necessary.
    **********

    WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?

         Why is the Lancaster Safety Coalition’s website registered through a proxy?

    Please check back later today.

  • * LNP: THEY HAVE THEIR HANDS IN EVERYTHING!

    Posted on November 27th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    THE EXACT OPPOSITE!

         There are few things I enjoy more than running this infamous front page from the long defunct Lancaster Post of Peggy Steinman. And the reason I get to run it today? The below Twitter post from LNP’s The Caucus about the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania.
         I’ll bet there’s not a mention of her in their story but there sure as hell should be. Yes, the Steinmans made massive piles of money in the past and Beverly (Peggy) Steinman continues to donate huge amounts of money to the horse racing industry every year. That is the kind of power LNP has gotten for years by throwing their money around – and of course – they also don’t mind taking millions of dollars from the taxpayers in the form of the CRIZ. You give me your money and I’ll give you lots and lots of the taxpayer’s money!
          But before the horse racing tweet is another classic from The Caucus – “Veteran newsman John Baer’s lesson for aspiring journos: Trust nothing and nobody.”
         LNP tells their reporters the exact opposite: “Question nothing and nobody – as long as the white, wealthy and privileged are in office (and we make sure they are) everything is just great and we don’t need to question a thing!”
        Tomorrow I will come back to the cameras, the unsolved murders and Christy Mirack and the DA’s Office.
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     ***********

    UNSOLVED MURDERS
    AND CRIMES
    UNDER THE CAMERAS!

      

         The Safety Coalition’s 2017 budget was less than $500,000, Geiter said. The city provided $200,000; other funding comes from private donors, including The Steinman Foundation, a local, independent family foundation funded by the companies that comprise Steinman Communications; those companies include LNP Media Group. LNP Media Group has also lent funds to the Safety Coalition.
    From the LNP article, “Lancaster City Alliance will assist coalition responsible for city’s security camera network,” (click here).
          The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, LNP ran this unbelievable article. LNP Media group lent them funds?
         These are the editors and reporters who have acted like these cameras don’t even exist for years and years and LNP lent them funds?
         Not only is LNP unethical and racist, but I believe those at the top are criminal and just plain evil.
    Please check back later today.
  • ** – * OH, THAT RED HAIR!

    Posted on November 25th, 2017 Becky 13 comments

    “I HAVE BROKEN LAWS” 

          In his “confession” attached as an exhibit to the lawsuit and republished below, Arthur Larsen, Jr. states that he has “broken laws,” and yet he was never charged. Why he wrote the “confession” is unknown, however he never repaid them the money he stole or the Cincinnati Insurance Company would not be suing him for it. And apparently the Clipper Magazine Stadium is still out $57,314.
         Why wasn’t Larsen charged with a crime?

    *********

    **   Apparently the Cincinnati Insurance Company gave up trying to sue Arthur Larsen, Jr. as they could not find him. From their attempt to serve him there is this from the Sheriff’s Office (click here):
         Spoke to mother of #5 [individual being served], who states #5 does not live with her and she does not know his current whereabouts. Def. has had a lot of complaints filed against him and our experience is that all the addresses that Def. gives are bad addresses, usually lead to a post office box. Post office does not have a forwarding address.

    *    On March 8, 2004, the Cincinnati Insurance Company brought a lawsuit against Arthur R. Larsen, Jr. (click here). The company insured the Clipper Magazine Stadium and paid a claim in the amount of $100,000 – their policy limit. Larsen was the Systems Director there and responsible for the computer equipment and the Cincinnati Insurance Company wanted to recoup their loss.
    From the suit:

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    HE STOLE $157,134 –
    NEVER CRIMINALLY CHARGED!

                 

    Left: Arthur R. Larsen, Jr., Right: First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen

         Who stole $157,134 from Clipper Stadium but was never criminally charged?
         Could it be because it is Arthur R. Larsen, Jr., the brother of First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen?
         How does this corruption go on day after day in Lancaster County? Isn’t there a newspaper there? Does anyone hold these public officials accountable?
    Please check back later today!

  • RETURNING ON SUNDAY – HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOR SOME

    Posted on November 21st, 2017 Becky 6 comments

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

     

    DOES ANYONE CARE?

    William E. Cooper, Jr.

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

  • * UPDATED 11-20-17 – AFTERNOON UPDATE – CONFESSED IN CHURCH

    Posted on November 19th, 2017 Becky 7 comments
    —  feel sorry for the family to have this kind of stuff brought to them as something real is exploitation.
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article by Tom Knapp and  linked to immediately below.
         Exactly! It is gross exploitation by District Attorney Craig Stedman, Knapp and all of his editors at LNP. It is absolutely disgusting and there will be more tomorrow.
     *********

    11-20-17 UPDATE

    UPDATE 11-20-17 – Tom Knapp’s story in now LNP’s lead article online as an “insider” story – click here for, “‘We have a face now’: Christy Mirack’s brother hopes new DNA evidence will point to a suspect in 25-year-old murder.”    

    THE FACE OF HER KILLER?

         The above is the beginning of a front page article in today’s print edition of LNP.  The story is not online at this time so I will wait until tomorrow to fully follow-up.
         I actually think the two below DNA composites look very much alike except for the eye color (the left is from this morning’s story and the right is the composite of Christy Mirack’s killer). I also think there is a slight resemblance between the confessed killer and the composite in this morning’s story.
         The blue eyes pop in both but the nose is wrong and DNA cannot determine the thickness, length or obviously the hair style of hair. I also think the composite might resemble a lot of other men in Brown County, Texas.
         But Ryan Derek Riggs apparently confessed because of the composite but the article does not state that a DNA test has been conducted and has absolutely confirmed him to be the killer.
    To be continued tomorrow.

     

                         

    *****

    WHAT CAN DNA TELL US?

    Click here for the above story and check back later today.

  • ** – * DO YOUR JOB, STEDMAN!

    Posted on November 16th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

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

    TELL US NOW, WINTERS!

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

     

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

    ******

    SOLVE MURDERS!

    GET KILLERS
    OFF THE STREET

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

     
    Please check back later today.

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

    Posted on November 15th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    A FINAL NOTE…

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

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

    IT’S OVER!

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

     

    THE LAST
    THING WE NEED…
    IS CRAIG STEDMAN!

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

     

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

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – 100% COUNTED ** – * SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOLVED YEARS AGO!

    Posted on November 14th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

     WHERE IS THE DNA INFO
    ON ERMA KAYLOR’S KILLER?

    Erma Kaylor

        I believe I know why DA Craig Stedman’s spokesman, Brett Hambright, is suddenly calling the Christy Mirack case their “highest priority.” That is to try to cover-up why we have DNA information on her murderer and not for any of the killers in the numerous other unsolved murders.
          Yes, if  DNA can reveal the killer’s race/ethnicity, eye color and hair color and whether or not they have freckles, then I want that information about 83-year-old Erma Kaylor’s killer! I don’t want “composite sketches” – those are basically nonsense – but the public has a right to know the other information. They not only have a right to know they have an absolute need to know.
    There will be more tomorrow.

    ********

    100% COUNTED!

    —  1:00 pm – The Department of State now states that 100% of the votes are counted with the following results for the contested fourth seat on the PA Superior Court (click here):

    —  Mary P. Murray – 912,188
    —  Craig Stedman –  907,686

    *******

    OVER & OVER AGAIN!

    DEMAND ANSWERS, LNP

    **    This above comment is posted on Lancaster Online under the article, “Lancaster police investigate shooting after man walks into hospital with 2 gunshot wounds,” (click here).
         This happens over and over again! There are all of these “Safety Coalition” cameras in Lancaster and the public never sees the videos and these crimes are never solved! It is outrageous! What are these cameras really for?
         Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman is on the Board of the Safety Coalition. Why isn’t LNP demanding answers? Why aren’t they and Stedman protecting the public?
         An insert from their camera map is below with the inserted blue arrow pointing at the camera. Below that is a screenshot from Google street view with an inserted yellow arrow pointing to the camera.

    *******

    ******

    STEDMAN: ON THIN ICE!

    *    We have not been able to bring her killer to justice. What we had to go on was very thin,” said Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman at an Oct. 31 news conference. 
    From the LNP article by Lindsey Blest and linked to below, “Close to 70 tips have come in since release of DNA composite of Christy Mirack’s suspected killer.”
          That is a lie! Does Blest ever question anything these officials say?
         From the 2002 LNP article, A mother’s dying wish,” there is this (click here):
         According to a 1995 Lancaster New Era story citing police, neighbors saw a car pull into a lot directly across from Christy’s home shortly after her roommate left for work at 7 a.m. A man jumped out of the car and headed toward her door. Police theorized at the time that Christy either knew the man, or opened the door expecting to see someone else, when he forced his way inside. No one saw the man leave.
         Witnesses described the vehicle as a 1984 to 1991 Dodge Daytona or Turismo hatchback, the article noted. It was faded silver, dull gray or faded white in color. The vehicle’s distinguishing features included roll-up head lamps and black louvers, or sunshades, on the back window. Police described the man as white, in his 20s, tall with an athletic build and sandy blond or light brown hair, possibly in a crew cut.
         It appeared that Christy had put up a struggle. A 1993 Sunday News story citing unnamed sources close to the investigation noted that Christmas packages, bags and cushions had been thrown about; there was a slash in a sofa slipcover, though no furniture was overturned. There was a shoe scuff mark inside, on the top of the front door; scrapes on the entryway floor suggested that Christy might have been dragged, sources said. Her elbows and knees were badly bruised.
          How is that “thin,” Stedman? And you have DNA! No wonder there are over 41 unsolved murders in Lancaster County over the last 25 years! Stedman just lies to cover pathetic, terrible police work!
    ******

    STEDMAN:
    GRANDSTANDING AGAIN

        
         Noon Wednesday is the deadline for Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman and two of his fellow candidates to decide whether or not to waive a recount in their election race to be a state judge. 
    From the LNP article, “Stedman, fellow candidates in judicial race have till Wednesday to waive recount, if they choose,” (click here).
         I received some incorrect information yesterday regarding the recount. Stedman needs to waive it and waive it now.

    Christy Mirack

         Meanwhile, the DA’s spokesman, Brett Hambright, is quoted as follows in the LNP article, “Close to 70 tips have come in since release of DNA composite of Christy Mirack’s suspected killer” (click here): 

         “While we have received many tips, we would like more, as this case continues to be of highest priority,” Hambright said.
         Why has this case become one of “highest priority” over the 41 plus other unsolved murders in Lancaster County in the last 25 years? And how serious are these “tips?” And how did 60 tips yesterday morning suddenly go to 70 by yesterday afternoon? This is grandstanding by Stedman again at the expense of distraught family and friends of the victim!
         This comment in by email yesterday:
         I think the whole composite thing is bullshit. Is it possible someone comes forward with a name now? Sure. But good police work should have solved this years ago.
    There will be more later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * WHAT HAPPENED TO LNP?

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

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

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MURRAY DECLARES VICTORY!

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

    CONCEDE, STEDMAN!

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

    *******

    HOLD THE
    POLICE ACCOUNTABLE!

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

  • UPDATE – $500,000 FOR A RECOUNT!

    Posted on November 12th, 2017 Becky No comments

    —  So much more to come next week! —

    STEDMAN IS ON THE BOARD!

    William E. Cooper, Jr.

          William Earl Cooper Jr, of Lancaster, died after he was shot in the early morning hours Oct. 27 in the southeast part of the city, police said.
    From the LNP article, “Death of 31-year-old Lancaster man ruled homicide; No arrests as police continue to investigate fatal shooting,” (click here).
         Sadly, William Cooper, Jr. will be added to the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above. There is the whole topic of all the unsolved murders in Lancaster County which will be coming. But once again, this murder happened within the view of a Lancaster Safety Coalition camera and nothing has been released to the public to help get a killer off the street. And DA Craig Stedman sits on their Board of Directors! Why isn’t anyone demanding answers? The public helps pay for those cameras! Are all of these killers smarter than the police and Stedman’s detectives?

    WHERE’S THE MONEY?

    ***  Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman tweeted the below on election day. I have a lot more to say about this – but first – why can’t they offer more than a $1,000 reward? Why? Where’s all that civil forfeiture money, Stedman? This is pathetic!

    WHERE’S THE MONEY, CRAIG?

    **  Lancaster County has used civil asset forfeiture extensively, generating $895,273 for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office in the fiscal year that ended in June 2014, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
    From the LNP story, “Report: Pennsylvania gets ‘D-‘ for forfeiture laws,” (click here).      
    From the LNP story, “County forfeiture income up, but proposed reforms could limit seizures,” (click here).

     

    *    I am beginning my Stedman list (this will take a very long time):
    —  The Lancaster City Police do not have body cameras because of Craig Stedman (click here).
          —  There is a new Federal Lawsuit against a Lancaster City Police Officer alleging excessive force filed on October 30, 2017: Cindy Dietz v. Daniel Hunsicker & City of Lancaster (click here).

    *******

    CONCEDE, STEDMAN!

           LNP has finally done an update on Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman’s bid to be a Superior Court judge (click here). Nothing has changed. Concede, Stedman!
          You are 4,502 votes behind with 99.79% of the vote counted. Do not cost the taxpayers $500,000 for a “recount!” Concede!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * STEDMAN IS DONE!

    Posted on November 10th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    STAYING CLASSY!

         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!

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    *    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…

    FORTUNE IS GONE!

          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!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATGE – NO RECOUNT NEEDED!

    Posted on November 9th, 2017 Becky 11 comments

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

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

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

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

    IT’S JUST MATH?

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

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

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

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

    A TEPID REPORTER!

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

    STEDMAN LOSES RACE!

         

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

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

         Stedman lost the election.
    Please check back later today.