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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LNP ONLY SERVES THEMSELVES!

    Posted on November 16th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

    THE NEWS AND EVENTS
    THAT SHAPE LIFE

         I am making a list of everything LNP has either not covered or slanted for their own economic gain and to ensure a white and elite leadership in the county and city. They are not a “community newspaper!” That will be coming.
         But besides the lawsuit against the House of Pizza, they have also failed to cover two very significant federal lawsuits in the last month. They are below along with a link to the coverage on this site. Why hasn’t LNP informed the public of these lawsuits? The headline above is from one of LNP’s own ads for themselves.


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    **   As a reminder, the “Material Facts” from Benson’s lawsuit against the House of Pizza which settled on November 9th (see immediately below) are republished below. LNP has never mentioned this lawsuit.

    SETTLEMENT REACHED

    *    A settlement was reached in the federal lawsuit of Philip Benson v. the House of Pizza on November 9th (see below and click here for his complaint).
    His attorney, Caroline Hope Miller of the Philadelphia law firm of Derek Smith Law Group PLLC, would only say by phone this morning that the matter has been “resolved.” Asked if Benson was pleased with the outcome she stated, “He is happy he can put the matter behind him and that all parties came to a satisfactory resolution agreement.”

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    NO, NO, NO!

            

  • * LNP SUPPORTS THE CORRUPTION…

    Posted on November 15th, 2018 Becky No comments

    — Wow! This was unexpected! Snow day! —

    BECAUSE THE
    MONEY GOES TO THEM!

         When is LNP going to report this lawsuit????
         Just as importantly……..when is LNP going to become a real newspaper and not just a spin doctor for PSP, the D.A’s office, the Mayor’s office and the Police Department????
         Don’t hold your breath!!!!
    This comment in several days ago.
         They defy everything journalism is supposed to stand for and have been doing so for years. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the corruption in Lancaster County is simply astonishing.
    Please check back later today.

  • & SORACE SNAPS AND NAME RELEASED

    Posted on November 14th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    — Taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    DID YOU TELL HIM, TOM?

              

                             Sam Janesch                           Tom Murse
    *
         There was a messy, sloppy city council meeting last night and Mayor Danene Sorace snapped at commenters. She is in over her head! You can watch the video here and there will be more to come.

    Slaymaker-Walker

         Investigators say the Nissan sedan was driven by 56-year-old Donna Woodall from Atlantic City. 

    ABC-6, “21 hurt after car crashes into Egg Harbor Twp., NJ Social Security office,” (click here).
         The driver’s name was released just hours after this horrific accident yesterday. Imagine that? Compare the release of her name to the recent deadly accident that killed two high school students in Lancaster.
         And did LNP managing editor Tom Murse tell his reporter Sam Janesch how LNP lied and covered for Representative Bryan Cutler and District Attorney Craig Stedman when G. Scott Davis shot his two-month-old daughter dead on Christmas Eve several years ago? Did you tell your new reporter, Tom?
    See immediately below and please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LANCASTER IS BECOMING KNOWN…

    Posted on November 12th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

         I am reporting LNP this afternoon. You might want to as well (click here).

     

    FOR IT’S RACIST
    & VIOLENT POLICE FORCE!

         THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN VIEWED IN EXCESS OF 6 MILLION TIMES
         A FEDERAL LAWSUIT WAS FILED FOR SEAN WILLIAMS BY BRIAN R MILDENBERG AND CO-COUNSEL
         IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ON JULY 2, 2018, IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
    From the Mildenberg Law Firm website (click here).
         In fact, the lawsuit is front and center on the home page of their website (see above).
         Brian Mildenberg is also the lead attorney for Ronald Brian Gray’s federal lawsuit against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Tomothy Sinnott (see Saturday’s post below for the “Statement of Facts” from the lawsuit filed on October 24th of this year).
         When is LNP going to report on this lawsuit? When will something be done about the Lancaster City Police Force?

    Please check back later today.

  • WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN…

    Posted on November 11th, 2018 Becky 16 comments

    WHEN THE LANCASTER
    POLICE CHIEF WAS
    A DOMESTIC ABUSER?

        These are the opening sentences to “section 2” of today’s Sunday News editorial about child sexual abuse and domestic violence (click here).
         The hypocrisy of this has me so angry today that I will have to come back to it tomorrow.
         And one of the biggest hypocrites and liars, LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy, goes on a Twitter fest every day! Look at her statistics! Forty or more tweets and retweets a day! Who is she trying to impress? Ain’t nobody gonna hire a liar and hypocrite like you!
         Screenshot of her Twitter account taken at 7:30 am yesterday morning:

     

  • “RACIALLY PROFILED”

    Posted on November 10th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    SHOCKINGLY VIOLENT

       

                          Officers Jake Bingham (left) and Timothy Sinnott

         The “Statement of Facts” from the federal lawsuit filed October 24 by Ronald Brian Gray against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Timothy Sinnott is below.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – MORE BLATANT HYPOCRISY FROM LNP!

    Posted on November 7th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    HOW COMPLICIT IS LNP?

         • Heard a report on the annual audit of city government’s financial statements. The city’s books for 2017 are fully in order, and no issues were found, vice president Tracey Rash of accounting firm Maher Duessel said.
         The article to the left is LNP’s coverage of Monday’s city council committee meeting and the above quote is from LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher’s “Other Business” category at the end of the article (click here).
         The audit was several months late and it is 213 pages long. To sum it up in that one ridiculous sentence is outrageous. As stated on this site on Tuesday, MAW Communications was specifically mentioned by Duessel as an expense that unexpectedly went up by $400,000 in the general fund.
         Also as reported here, MAW’s separate legal fees of $83,000 were  mentioned during a different part of the meeting and there was the exchange between councilman Pete Soto and Mayor Sorace in which she stated LanCity Connect is at a “stalemate.”
         LNP’s failure to report and inform the public  on this over $5 million dollar disaster is unconscionable and also raises the question of how much money MAW has paid LNP. How deep is LNP’s collusion and complicity in this fraud and scam? Is that why they do not want the attorney general to investigate?
    To be continued…
    *

    **   Regarding the plans for the new Lancaster Square, the below is the end to an excellent Letter to the Editor of LNP in yesterday’s print edition (click here to read the entire letter online).
          Once again all of the city’s efforts and money are being put into the six-block magazine section of the city. How many residents of the city will be able to afford the retail stores and restaurants proposed for the new Lancaster Square? Does anyone in city government care?

    *     Tonight from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall. The description: 
          “Join the City of Lancaster and Mahan Rykiel for a community meeting regarding Lancaster Square. The project team will present a summary of public outreach and the preliminary design process, and how this effort shaped the preferred design of the public plaza.
           Click here for the Facebook page for this event.

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    I SEE YA!

       From this morning’s LNP editorial online titled, “Chief clerk of Pennsylvania Senate gets new digs, appointed with big-ticket furnishings, on the taxpayer dime,” (click here).        

        The hypocrisy and lies from this LNP editorial board are unbelievable. Are they are going to put IKEA furniture in their Marriott Hotel expansion rooms paid for by the public? Why is the public paying almost $10 million dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls expansion? Could their “watchdog” Caucus investigative reporters investigate and report on that?
    Please check back later today.

  • “A STALEMATE!”

    Posted on November 6th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    MORE MONEY, MAW!

         MAW and LanCity Connect were mentioned several times during last night’s city council committee meeting (click here to watch).
         One was during a review of the city’s 2017 audit talking about expenses and an increase of $400,000 in the general fund for LanCity Connect. MAW was mentioned again when Patrick Hopkins was talking about expenses for the Mayor’s office and a transfer and said there were $83,000 in legal expenses for MAW.
          Finally, with about 5:52 to go in the meeting city councilman Pete Soto and Mayor Sorace had this brief exchange:
    Soto – How soon will we get an update on Lancaster Connect?
    Sorace – LanCity Connect…um…There’s really no update at this point. There’s a little bit of a stalemate because PP&L and MAW… PP&L is waiting on MAW for certain things and so PP&L is not going to move forward with any approvals for pole attachments or any new work until those requirements are met. So… we’re waiting.
    Soto – How far behind schedule are we at this point on that? A year? A year-and-a half?
    Sorace – Significantly.
    Soto – Thank you, mayor.

  • UPDATE – * – 11-5-18 UPDATE – LNP: TOTALLY DISHONEST JOURNALISM!

    Posted on November 4th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    A NOSE FOR VICTORY!

         I will come back to corruption and LNP after the election. It pains me to see what LNP is doing to journalism. It is awful and almost worse, it validates Trump.
         So I’ll leave you with this tweet from former LNP employee Michael Deibert, who is a world class journalist and I believe he left LNP very quickly after learning what a truly corrupt, unethical, racist and greedy company they are.
         You go, Max! Yes, vote for Jess King and get rid of the Schmuck!


    *     Still, there’s a rule of journalistic ethics that we think ought to apply to government officials, too: Avoid not just conflicts of interest, but the appearance of conflicts of interest. Because in the public’s eye, they’re all the same.
         I have printed this unbelievable statement from an LNP editorial in August of 2016 several times before (click here for the editorial).
         But it bears posting again because these people are just such despicable liars. They break every code of journalistic ethics in this country every single day. And every media outlet that thinks LNP and/or the Caucus is a legitimate, honest, watchdog news organization needs to be informed that they are anything but that.
        The millions in public dollars that went/are going into LNP’s for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel ownership and current expansion smashes every journalism code of ethics in this country. And people need to be made aware of that!
         Robert Field of NewsLanc.com also wrote about the unbelievable hypocrisy and lie in LNP’s editorial and said this (click here):
         Shame on LNP. It is bad enough to fleece the community without blatantly insulting its intelligence. And yet again, perhaps the lack of community intelligence is the problem.
         It’s not the community’s fault. It’s because, of course, LNP, the monopoly news outlet in Lancaster County, doesn’t tell them about their own lies, greed and hypocrisy!
         LNP’s Marriott expansion in the heart of downtown is being paid for with your money:
      

    UPDATE 11-5-18

    THE MARRIOTT, CRIZ, MAW,
    THE COALITION CAMERAS,
    THE MARRIOTT EXPANSION,

    BENCHMARK & MORE!

         The corruption in Lancaster is simply shocking. And when it is investigated fully and people are jailed, the bottom line participant and the recipient of the money from the corruption will lead directly back to LNP. 
         Who from LNP will be going to jail?
    Please check back later today.

    — This will come tomorrow. —

    ABSOLUTE HYPOCRISY & LIES!

      

    The top row are two headlines on the front page of today’s Sunday LNP print edition. Below that is one of their top five stories online this morning.

       Can LNP go any lower?
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE – CALL THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL!

    Posted on November 2nd, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    — I am making phone calls this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    ***   Why does LNP protect Mayor Danene Sorace, Patrick Hopkins and Randy Patterson? Because they gave racist LNP almost ten million dollars of the public’s money to build their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott expansion tower. That’s why! (Pictures taken Monday of this week.)

     

    **   LNP has now taken the comment down from their Facebook page. Resign, Tom Murse!

    *    The same comment is on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page and is easier to read. Everyone has been affected because there are over $5 million dollars missing!

    OVER $5 MILLION
    FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

         Why did LNP remove this comment under the story about Charlotte Katzenmoyer? Call the Pennsylvania Attorney General and ask them what happened to over $5 million dollars of the taxpayer’s money (717-787-9707)! Do it today.
         Why was this comment removed, LNP managing editor Tom Murse? Who are you protecting this time? Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * WE’VE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES!

    Posted on October 31st, 2018 Becky 11 comments
         Once again, today’s huge breaking news is that LIP News has learned that Charlotte Katzenmoyer is no longer the Director of Public Works for the city of Lancaster. She has held that position for 17 years and was one of the most powerful and highest paid city employees.
         The details of her departure are not known and LIP News has requested a statement from the city but has not heard back as of 3:55 pm today. There will be more tomorrow.

     

    **  Charlotte Katzenmoyer has been the Public Works Director for the City of Lancaster since May of 2001. According to her LinkedIn account (click here):
          As the Director of Public Works with the City of Lancaster she has responsibility for approximately 200 employees in the Bureau of Engineering, Operations Bureau which includes Streets, Traffic and Parks, Bureau of Public Facilities, Bureau of Water, Bureau of Wastewater. The Water and Wastewater Bureaus serve not only the City proper, but nine municipalities surrounding the City with a population of over 140,000 residents. She is responsible for managing an annual operating budget of $43 million and a capital budget of $50 million.

    *     2:55 pm – I have requested a statement from the city regarding Charlotte Katzenmoyer and am awaiting their response.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    KATZENMOYER OUT!

         LIP News has learned that Charlotte Katzenmoyer will no longer be the Director of Public Works for the city effective yesterday. She held that position for 17 years.
         Please stay tuned for this developing story.

    WHO BECAME AGGRESIVE?

    Attorney Pfursich

         Johnson’s attorney Edwin Pfursich said in statement Tuesday that the story being portrayed on social media is not accurate.
    “This matter is about trespassing. The volunteers from Jess King’s campaign entered private property and became aggressive,” he wrote in an email. “They were asked to leave and refused, so the police were notified.”
    From the WITF story linked to below.

         This is part of Kemp’s story that she posted on Facebook about the incident (click here to read her whole post):

          …  We walked onto her driveway to explain that we were canvassing for Jess King.
    She said, “I hate Jess King. She’s trying to take us to socialism. You can’t do that here.”
    She spoke to us in an aggressive way in a loud voice.
    She said to Michael, “I know you; you look familiar.”
    Michael introduced himself by name and stuck out his hand for a shake.
    The woman stuck out her hand which had a plastic glove and then snatched it back.
    She said “You can’t do that here. You don’t belong here. How did you get in here? I’m going to call the police. I’m going to take your picture.”
    I grabbed Michael’s arm to move from the woman’s driveway
    I said, “Come on Michael; let’s go somewhere else.” We left her driveway.
    The woman then followed us yelling at us on to the street.
    She said, “I’m taking your picture.”
    I said. “That’s fine.” And then I posed with a smile and said “We support Jess King.”
    Then I said to Michael
    “Michael take her picture!”
    Michael pulled out his camera and started to take her photograph.
    The woman then hid her face with her hand.
    She said, “All of this is private property. You can’t be in here at all. I’m calling the police.”
    She then started to dial.
    I said, “We’ll call the police too. let’s go Michael. This is America.”
    We walked to our car, got in, and Michael drove out of Bent Creek.
    After a minute or so, I called the campaign volunteer headquarters in Manheim Township and relayed the incident.

    ******

    **   Bent Creek! Click here to read the story!

    *    Oh, the irony. The DA’s office just released the below news of a big press event this morning at 10:00 am! Who will LNP send?

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    NOT A QUESTION IT’S
    ABOUT BLACK & WHITE!

         Would this alternative to prison for such a violent crime be afforded to teens of color, or those not from a suburban, upper middle class high school. It would be interesting to see some stats on this. This is the type of criminal justice action that leads to segments of the community feeling alienated, disaffected and discriminated. We’ve seen the consequences of this type of systemic stratification by race, ethnicity and class recently in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland. This needs to be shared.
         This excellent comment has stayed on my mind since it was posted on Lancaster Online in December of 2014 under the story, “Cop’s son and friend face 9-month stint in ‘motivational boot camp’ for raid of West Hempfield home,” (click here).    
          It just happened again in Lancaster County. A 63-year-old white suburban woman with an influential name was withheld from the public for days following a horrific car crash that killed two high school students and put another in intensive care.      
          If she had been black or Hispanic from the city her name would have been released in a matter of hours. This is not “playing the race card” – this is simply fact.
         And LNP completely ignores it and doesn’t demand answers from District Attorney Craig Stedman. Why has this racist company, with only one new, minority employee among a staff of over 80, been allowed to continue to operate in Lancaster County? Why haven’t any community leaders called out this racist company and told them this is unequivocally not acceptable and further, that they should be charged with employment discrimination and put out of business?
    This needs to be shared! Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** WHATEVER, WHENEVER?

    Posted on October 30th, 2018 Becky 12 comments

    SLAYING THE TRUTH?

         It is “ironic” that Kyle Slaymaker went on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page early this morning and posted this sarcastic remark. And yet, I think he’s part of the reason it took the DA four days to release her name. It was to make sure she was not related to Kyle (he stated later in the thread that he is not related to the driver, Debra Slaymaker-Walker).
         You see, Kyle Slaymaker is married to Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s daughter. You don’t get much more connected than that!
         And the Slaymaker name is a very prominent, well known name in Lancaster County.
         There will be more tomorrow.

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    DRIVER IDENTIFIED

    *    The female driver involved in the Oct. 26 crash in Lititz is Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63.
    From the DA’s latest press release (click here).

    JOURNALISTS: DO YOUR JOBS!

    A front page headline in today’s print edition of LNP and a comment posted under the story online.

         LNP’s Subheadline: “Says secrecy is essential to ‘integrity’ of investigation.”
         Can you imagine a journalist writing that? Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE IS YOUR INTEGRITY, STEDMAN?

    Posted on October 29th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

        This has been on the home page of Lancaster Online all day.
         This is not acceptable! This is simply unacceptable behavior by a public servant in the United States who is paid by the public to protect and serve them. It is unconscionable.
         There will be more tomorrow.

    ***  The only thing I’ve seen that makes any possible sense is that this woman is on life support. If that is the case, the DA should report it and release her name. 
    Just to be clear: This “theory” was posted on a social media site and it is not known if there is any truth to this whatsoever.

    NOT ACCEPTABLE!

    **   Yet another unacceptable update from District Attorney Craig Stedman.  

    NOT SATISFACTORY – AGAIN!

    *    The latest press release from the DA’s office at approximately 10:15 am this morning. This is not satisfactory!

    IDENTIFY THE DRIVER! – 3

      

    (Click here for the  above full PennLive story.)

         Release the driver’s name, District Attorney Craig Stedman! This is simply an unacceptable outrage. Two students are dead. Identify the driver, Stedman.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * WHO IS SHE?

    Posted on October 28th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    LACKING INTEGRITY!

         We understand the public wants specifics on the incident and we are providing maximum information without jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation.
    From the DA’s latest press release (see the link immediately below).
         “Jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation” is a catchall for we don’t want to release the information! What a bunch of nonsense and an absolute disgrace.
         The police called off a low speed chase knowing full well who was driving, or at the very least, the registered owner of the car. And then DA spokesperson Brett Hambright shows up on the scene! If you want to talk about a lack of integrity, talk about Hambright. And when he actually shows up at a crime scene you know something is up and it’s not good! We shall see… 
        ,

    NOT SATISFACTORY!

         District Attorney Craig Stedman just released this “update” at 1:05 pm (click here). This is not satisfactory!

     

    IDENTIFY THE DRIVER! – 2

         LNP has the above “BREAKING” on their website. It is past time for District Attorney Craig Stedman to release the driver’s name and do it now!

    SECOND STUDENT DIES

    (Click here)

     

    IT’S GOOD TO BE
    WHITE IN LANCASTER COUNTY!

    (Click here for the CrimeWatch entry.)

    **  “Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer.” Her bail amount – $50,000 unsecured!
          This woman obviously has anger management problems and she may be mentally ill – but this is her second criminal docket in three years and she has nine non-traffic citations since March of 2015 (see below and there is an additional non-traffic citation on page 2). And she has unsecured bail for a second degree felony!
         Never forget that it’s “good” to be white in Lancaster County!

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    *    A Northern Lancaster County Regional police officer followed the vehicle, a black Hyundai hatchback, which was “driving 5 to 10 mph, extremely slow for the road,” Hambright [DA spokesperson Brett Hambright] said. The woman was the sole occupant.
         When the officer used lights and sirens to pull the driver over, the car sped off, Hambright said. The officer’s patrol supervisor told him to “terminate pursuit.”
    From the same article linked to below.
         No matter the other charges that may be filed against her – the above is fleeing and eluding the police and it is a crime!  Where are the charges?

    IDENTIFY THE DRIVER!

    (Click here)

         This horrific accident happened on Friday. We’ve been hearing about the “erratic 63-year-old driver” for two days! Who is she? Why hasn’t her identity been released to the public?

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ALL THE NEWS…

    Posted on October 26th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    A DISGRACEFUL POWER PLAY!

          This is nothing but a power play by DA Stedman. Why do they release any mugshots? What a bunch of absolute crap and a disgrace to his office and the public.
    There will be more tomorrow.

    THE DA’S RESPONSE

    ******

    IS HE STILL DRIVING?

    *    District Attorney Craig Stedman wants to be a judge? Can you imagine? 
         A reminder of who Jesus Rosario is from this site several days ago is below (the link to the WGAL piece is here and the original is here).
         Yesterday, the Lancaster City Police released large mugshots of eight men and one woman charged during a prostitution sting (click here). And what did Stedman say in response to a Right to Know request for the mugshot of Rosario? His unacceptable and ridiculous response is coming later today.

    **********

    A MISSING WOMAN
    & FACEBOOK RULES?

        

         The big news in Lancaster this morning. LOL!

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – CORRECTION – WHERE’S THE MONEY?

    Posted on October 25th, 2018 Becky No comments
         Once again, I apologize for this morning’s mistake and thank Patrick Hopkins for his quick and polite email advising me of the error. I will continue to put in monthly Right to Know requests to ensure that MAW is making the payments on their $1.5 million dollar loan from the city.
         Also tomorrow I will be putting in a Right to Know request for the letter from the state mentioned by Mayor Sorace which she states rejects the CRIZ Authority’s plan to give money to smaller businesses. This has not been reported by LNP and the full transcript of her speech to city council was posted here yesterday. It is also available to be viewed by anyone on Tony Dastra’s live-stream of the council meeting on his “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). The mayor begins her report with 6 minutes and 30 seconds left to go in the video.
         This site strives for accuracy and the truth and if an error is made it will be corrected as quickly as possible. 

    *****

    **  LNP went up with the prostitution sting story and mugshots very quickly! But they are ignoring one person who was charged in their story, “8 men charged with soliciting prostitution in Lancaster after undercover sting,” (click here).
         The ninth is below and the police state in their release:
         One female, Cody Boas, was instantly recognized as a wanted person and was arrested on several outstanding warrants for drug distribution.      

    *    The Lancaster City Police were busy with a prostitution sting and charged nine and have large mugshots posted on CrimeWatch (click here)! Amazing.
         Now, guess what the DA said when I put in a Right to Know request for the mugshot of Jesus Rosario, a taxi driver charged with rape but free and walking the streets on unsecured bail and whose mugshot has never been released to the public?

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    CORRECTION

        The below email was received from Patrick Hopkins this morning. I apologize. The second page is also below. I would point out that Tim Stuhldreher’s article is dated September 16th and states the payment was received. According to your documents the payment was not received until September 17th.

    WHO IS LYING?

          

        Last spring, when MAW began rolling out service to business and residential customers, the city loaned it $1.5 million for startup costs.
         The first payment was due this month; It was received Thursday, city business administrator Patrick Hopkins confirmed.
         The monthly installments of just over $14,900 are to continue over the next seven years. Asked if MAW will be able to make the payments, Wiczkowski said: “Absolutely.”
    From the September 16th article by LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher (pictured above), “Some LanCity Connect customers lose service as PPL removes ‘unauthorized’ equipment,” (click here).
         Is that a fact, LNP and Stuhldreher? Did you verify that or did you just take Hopkins’ word for it?
         That’s not the information I received when I put in a Right to Know request for the payments received by MAW:
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * AND BACKED BY LNP!

    Posted on October 24th, 2018 Becky 12 comments
         I will put in a Right to Know request for the letter from the state Mayor Sorace spoke about last night and the transcript is below. None of this makes any sense except it looks like the Lancaster CRIZ Authority and the mayor don’t have a clue what they are doing! This is just disgraceful!
         In other major news – where are the updates on the attempted robbery and shooting at Smithgall’s Pharmacy yesterday? How is former mayor Charlie Smithgall? What is the condition of the robber who was shot and who is he? Who is the robber who got away? Where is his description? Do the police know his name?
        The public deserves more information and it should have been released by now!
    *******
    ***  Mayor Sorace’s “Report of the Mayor” to City Council last night
          So, I have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the good news.
         Yesterday we received word that the total amount of CRIZ dollars coming back to the city was approximately $6.4 million dollars which is $2.4 million more than last year. This is a huge gain.
         The CRIZ program, as many of you know, allows us to keep state taxes and local earned income taxes and local service taxes paid by businesses in designated areas and [put] back into economic development and job creation in approved CRIZ districts.
         Lancaster was one of the first communities to receive the designation and I  like to think we have become an example of how this tax incentive can be successfully managed. And I want to thank those who serve on our CRIZ Authority for the years of work that they have put into this. And so one more time I just want to say these are state tax dollars that would normally be sent to Harrisburg that can remain in our local economy.
          Now to the bad news – or – I don’t know – I’m going to remain optimistic. The state recently gave us..um…sent us a letter regarding a plan that we had talked about for some time – which was to provide small grants and loans to our smaller businesses. And so as part of this many of you heard me talk about this all of last year.
          Our CRIZ dollars have been spent on these larger projects like the Conestoga Plaza, Marriott expansion, 101 North Queen, Hotel Lancaster as examples as well as two smaller business projects like Max’s Diner.
          But where we are now is that instead of insuring that all shapes and sizes of businesses within the CRIZ district would share in the influx of money that the CRIZ represents, the state has rejected our plan for as long as this financial assistance program that would be administered by the very capable members of the CRIZ Authority.
         The state believes that  it would be inequitable to allow some businesses to receive and I quote, “direct benefit” end quote from the fund while, quote “others are required to repay increments used to support debt service” quote.
          That is exactly the point of the whole CRIZ program.
         They also pointed to programs like the Small Business Assistance Network as an existing resource for small businesses. Presumably they believe this program provides enough support for small businesses as is. And we respectfully disagree with this [base] interpretation of the CRIZ legislation and about the benefits the small businesses would receive due to our expansion of the CRIZ program.
         It is crucial to me and others that all businesses in the Lancaster CRIZ district, no matter their size, share in the economic activity of the city and the CRIZ program.
         So you haven’t heard the last about this. We will be talking to our friends in Harrisburg – at the Department of Revenue, the DCED and the office of budget as well as the governor’s office.
          As you might recall, the CRIZ Authority was formed jointly between then Senator Smucker and Mayor Gray. Today I work in partnership with Senator Martin and he is aware of this. We will be figuring out what our next steps are. More to come.
         In the meantime, $6.4 million dollars and 473 of the 546 businesses reported which was almost 87 percent which is the highest ever. So thank you to the businesses as well because I understand the paperwork is not very fun even though we do our very best to help you complete it.

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    **   The below is posted on Lancaster Online under the CRIZ article linked to below in this post. LNP Managing Editor Tom Murse needs to resign!

    *    Mayor Sorace announced last night during her Mayor’s Report to city council that the state sent a letter rejecting the city’s plan to offer CRIZ to small businesses. I will try to post a transcript of her statement later today but you can watch the entire meeting here.

    ABSOLUTE CORRUPTION!

         Benchmark Construction, the project developer, needed assurance the CRIZ revenue would be available before moving forward with design and engineering, because the project’s financing doesn’t work without it, Patterson said.
    From the LNP story, “CRIZ funding pledged to Lancaster Square library, garage project,” (click here).
         Mayor Sorace’s husband is a vice-president at Benchmark Construction! This is absolute corruption at the highest level!
         From October 17th on this site (click here for the original):
    Please check back later today.
     
  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE – DOES F&M REALLY CARE?

    Posted on October 23rd, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    — The Lancaster City Police Press Release on the shooting at Smithgall’s Pharmacy is here.

    SMITHGALL INJURED?
    & PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING

         There is shocking news about former Mayor Charlie Smithgall – click here for, “Former Mayor Charlie Smithgall taken to hospital after reported shooting at his pharmacy.” Wishing him all the best and a speedy recovery.
         Tonight there is a City Council Public Safety Committee meeting on police body cameras (click here for the Facebook event page shown below). It is from 6 to 7 pm and will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 120 North Duke Street.

    “ON THE SCHEDULE TO
    DRIVE FOR THEM TODAY”

    **    Watch WGAL’s Katelyn Smith’s video on the taxi driver, Jesus Rosario, charged with raping a customer (click here). She actually looks and sounds shocked and scared by it all. And we have never seen a photo of Rosario – no mugshot anywhere! Why? Shouldn’t women know what this man looks like? I will put in a request for his mugshot today.

    *     LNP reporter Lindsey Blest wrote both rape stories linked to below. Did it occur to her to ask the District Judges or the DA’s office about the difference in bail amounts? Wouldn’t the average person, let alone a “reporter,” want answers? Doesn’t the public have a right to know?

    $200,000 CASH BAIL
    & $150,000 UNSECURED!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article, “Former Franklin & Marshall College student charged with rape on campus in 2017,” (click here).

         This is the obvious, huge question! What took eleven months? Imagine the victim’s fear and an alleged rapist was allowed to walk the street for eleven months? Will anyone in Lancaster demand answers?
         Does F&M really care? They have the power and influence to demand answers from the police, the mayor and city council! Why didn’t they?
         And why is Felicius Bucyukundi’s bail set at $200,000 cash and Jesus Rosario, a taxi driver who is charged with the rape of a customer, free on $150,000 unsecured bail? Why?
    Click here for the October 2nd article, “Lancaster city taxi driver charged with raping woman after dropping her off at home,” and check back later today.    

  • * -*** BREAKING *** – * 10-22-18 UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** RAPE CHARGES FILED

    Posted on October 21st, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    — There will be much more tomorrow. —

    *** The police have now corrected their press release to read (see the link below):
         On 17 November 2017, Off. Bronstetter took a report of a rape that occurred at Franklin & Marshall College.
          So, what took almost a year?

    **   WGAL is reporting that the alleged rape did occur almost one year ago in November (click here).

    *   There are obviously some mistakes in the Lancaster Police release. November 17, 2018 has not yet come and now it is not clear exactly when the alleged crimes happened. His docket states 11/11/17. We will see if that stands. 

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

        The Lancaster Police just released the following (click here):

       
        On 17 November 2018, Off. Bronstetter took a report of a rape that occurred at Franklin & Marshall College. The case was assigned to Det. Aaron Harnish. Det. Harnish conducted an interview with the victim and consulted with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
         After receiving necessary documentation from Franklin & Marshall College, Det. Harnish filed a Criminal Complaint against Felicius Bucyukundi M/22 of Louisville, KY before MDJ Sponaugle. Bucyukundi was charged with (2) Counts Rape, (2) Counts Sexual Assauly, (3) Counts Aggravated Indecent Assault and (3) Counts Indecent Assault. On 11 October 2018 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Bucyukundi. 
         Bucyukundi was taken into custody in Kentucky and extradited to Lancaster County. He arrived at the Lancaster Bureau of Police station on 20 October 2018. He was processed on the Criminal Complaint and held for arraignment. MDJ Hamil arraigned him for MDJ Sponaugle. Bucyukundi was committed to LCP in lieu of $200,000 bail. 
         All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court. 

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    *    1:00 pm – The following Right to Know request was just emailed to Lancaster County:
         The mugshot for Felicius Bucyukundi who was committed to Lancaster County Prison on October 21, 2018 and his PIN # is 2018-0001414. His criminal docket is #MJ-02203-CR-0000462-2018.

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    RAPE CHARGES FILED
    AGAINST F&M STUDENT

    — 10-22-18 UPDATE —

    Felicius Bucyukundi

         The full criminal docket for Felicius Bucyukundi is below and the original on the PA court system is here.
         This is what is known for now: According to his docket he was arrested on Saturday and arraigned before District Judge Nancy G. Hamil yesterday morning. He is charged with two first degree felonies, five second degree felonies and two first degree misdemeanors arising out of an occurrence on November 11, 2017.  His bail is set at $200,000 cash and he is currently in the Lancaster County Prison.
         According to his social media accounts he is a student at Franklin & Marshall College studying law. He also plays soccer for them and was an honored soccer player in high school. His family moved here from Africa and according to a social media account he became a U.S. Citizen on May 23, 2017.
         His preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for November 2nd before District Judge Mary Mongovi Sponaugle.

    *******

         According to a Lancaster County Prison inmate search, Felicius Bucyukundi was committed at 1:38 pm today. According to his docket (below) all of the charges stem from an incident almost a year ago on November 11, 2017.

    *******

    **   From YouTube (click here).

    *      From his LinkedIn account (click here).

    F&M STUDENT
    CHARGED WITH RAPE

        Felicius Bucyukundi from his Facebook page.

         Sometimes you find things by “mistake.” Today I found this. Felicius Bucyukundi attended Franklin & Marshall College and studied law. He was also an athletic standout. He was charged with rape and multiple other charges today:

    Stay tuned for developments in this story.

  • * WAITING FOR JUSTICE

    Posted on October 20th, 2018 Becky No comments

    BUGGING?

         “They’re not going to do any damage,” Elkner [Penn State Extension educator Timothy Elkner] said. “They’re not going to bite the dog, they’re not going to bite you. They’re not going to eat your houseplants.
         “Worst-case scenario, they’re an annoyance.”
    From the LNP lead story online, “Tiny grinches: Ravenous spotted lanternflies could hitch a ride into your home on a live or fresh-cut Christmas tree,” (click here). 
         So why is this LNP’s lead story when it goes on to say over and over again that it is highly unlikely they will enter your home through a “fresh-cut” Christmas tree? And if they do – see the above quote from the story!
         And we haven’t even had Halloween! What a bunch of worthless, fake, scary nonsense! Find something real to write about, LNP!

    ******

    *    The beginning of an Order by Judge Leonard G. Brown on September 4, 2018 is below in the cases discussed in the first post  (click here to read his full order).

    *****

    30 LAWSUITS

    (Click here).

          An interesting opinion piece/update on lawsuits against Armstrong World Industries.

  • * AND POLITICIANS!

    Posted on October 19th, 2018 Becky No comments

    *     Today was not a good day to make a Trump “joke” after he praised a politician for body slamming a journalist. Unbelievable! Nothing, nothing excuses that.

    DISHONEST JOURNALISTS!

       

    —   Does Trump know about you and LNP, Tom? If he did, you would move to the top of his dishonest journalists list. That’s quite an accomplishment!
    —   You aren’t far behind, Danene!
         Yes, LNP managing editor Tom Murse and Mayor Danane Sorace have another talk later today!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – DEMAND ANSWERS FROM JUDGE REINAKER!

    Posted on October 16th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

      SURPRISE, SURPRISE?

         Defense attorney Christopher Sarno represented both Pfeiffer and Pressler.
         “Both Mr. Pfeiffer and Mr. Presler had significant mitigating factors, and I believe Judge Reinaker, after a thorough and careful examination, constructed a very considerate and sensible sentence in both cases,” Sarno said in an email to LNP.

    Sarno

         Well, it’s unknown if LNP asked Judge Reinaker for an explanation of his outrageous sentences, but LNP did update this morning’s story with the above comment from the private defense attorney for both men (interesting)!
         Surprise! Surprise!  Who would expect a defense attorney to say anything else? And I’m sure with all that praise, Judge Reinaker will put a little star next to his name the next time Sarno is in his courtroom.

    **   Since the two men in this morning’s post for some reason have never had their pictures in the media, here they are from the Megan’s Law website:

     

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    CULTURE OF HARASSMENT

    The opening sentence in today’s LNP front page article in print, “PA Senate – Security force is in turmoil,” (not currently online).  

    *    And yet, LNP will not cover a shocking federal sexual harassment lawsuit against a large Lancaster County Employer! See the post immediately below on this site for “BACON V. LANCASTER COUNTY MOTORS, INC.”

    ********

    HOW DID THESE 
    MEN “AVOID” PRISON?

           

    (Click here for the LNP article above, President Judge Dennis Reinaker)

         Can you guess the race of these two men? Neither of these men spent a single day in jail and there are no available mugshots.
         Wasn’t there just international outrage over the PA grand jury report on the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests? You’d never know that in Lancaster County!
         ABC-27 ran this story four days ago with the headline, “2 avoid prison for sharing child pornography,” (click here). So, how did these two men manage to “avoid” prison and why? Why hasn’t anyone demanded answers from President Judge Dennis Reinaker?
         The charges they pleaded guilty to are below:

    Charles Ernest Pfeiffer III

    Christopher B. Presler

    Please check back later today.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** “EVENTS THAT SHAPE LIFE”

    Posted on October 12th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

         I just received a threatening and harassing phone call from Lancaster County Motors, Inc. (717) 569-4514 at 3:44 pm! Unbelievable!

    YOU ARE A LIAR, TOM!

        

         Part of an ad LNP ran for themselves this summer. Tom Murse, LNP Managing Editor.

    The shocking sexual harassment lawsuit filed in federal court this Tuesday (click here).

          Where is LNP’s coverage? Why are they ignoring this shocking lawsuit? Shouldn’t the public know? Stay informed – read LIP News! You are a liar, Tom Murse!
    Please see the posts below for the lawsuit on this site and check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – THE DNA TECHNOLOGY IS HERE!

    Posted on October 11th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    WOULD YOU BUY A
    CAR FROM THESE MEN?

             

    Clark Adams, Chief Operating Officer, left, and Frank Nolt, President of Lancaster County Motors, Inc.

         The “Relief Requested” in Katie Bacon’s federal lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors, Inc. is below. There will be more tomorrow.

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    **   The continuation of the “Operative Facts” portion of Katie Bacon’s federal lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors, Inc. is below (please see yesterday’s post immediately below for the beginning).

    *******

    *     I sent an email through their website this morning asking if they have any comment on the federal lawsuit (see yesterday’s post). I’m waiting!

    *********

    SOLVE MURDERS!

    (Click here)

         It is great that they can solve a 12-year-old burglary with DNA. It is past time to start solving all of the unsolved murders with DNA!
    Please check back later today when there will also be more on yesterday’s shocking sexual harassment lawsuit.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** USE OF FORCE

    Posted on October 10th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    —  I am not sure there is anything that can prepare you for opening a complaint in a lawsuit and reading what is below. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    SHOCKING SEXUAL
    HARASSMENT LAWSUIT

         The below is the beginning of a shocking lawsuit filed in Federal Court yesterday: Katie Bacon v. Lancaster County Motors, Inc. of East Petersburg.

    *******

    UPDATE WITH TEETH!

    UPDATE…..Charlie’s badge has been turned in!!! He was so happy that he was smiling from ear to ear! Thanks to everyone for spreading the word.
    Posted on the Lancaster City Police Department Facebook page (see yesterday’s post here).
         Yikes!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    75% REDUCTION!

         “The Use of Force policy has been in effect since August 1st.
         …While we just have two months of data thus far, we have seen a reduction in about 75 percent in those two months regarding use of force incidents in the city.”
    Mayor Danene Sorace in her Report of the Mayor last night to city council (click here to view the entire meeting).