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    Posted on January 17th, 2019 Becky 3 comments



           Continuing Darlene Byrd’s comments and questions to city council regarding a citizen’s review committee for the Lancaster City Police on Tuesday, January 8th, she turns from councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El to councilman Pete Soto who chairs the Public Safety Committee as follows (to read her comments and exchanges with Wade-El click here):
    —  Darlene Byrd – Pete Soto, you’re in charge of the Public Safety Committee?
    —  Pete Soto – Yes.
    —  Darlene Byrd – Would your committee look into reviewing – could we come to your committee and tell you this is what we need to do? Could you look further into that?
    —  Pete Soto – I could look further into that.
    —  Darlene Byrd – Because…
    —  Pete Soto – I’m not making any promises now – please understand that. I will look into your statements and your comments and your suggestions. But I can’t say…
    —  Darlene Byrd – And if the DA says that it’s okay to have a citizen’s review committee to look at the complaints you would support that?
    —  Pete Soto – I’m sorry, say that again.
    —  Darlene Byrd – If the DA says it’s okay to have a citizen’s review committee, you would not support that?
    —  Pete Soto – Oh, I would support it.
    —  Darlene Byrd – Fair enough. Thank you. I can show you an email where he says that if you want to see it – now or after the city council meeting.
      Soto then says something [inaudible] about more information and Byrd asks what information and council president James Reichenbach steps in an says, “We can continue that conversation after the meeting.”
    —   You can watch the full video of the meeting here. There will be more tomorrow.



    (Click here for the District Attorney’s press release.)

         Perhaps Blanding Watson and the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP could help this woman through the legal system? She has been denied bail because “Defendant can flee to Ghana,” (see her docket below). Can’t they just take her passport?
         These stories are always so sad and complex and commenters on the DA’s and Lancaster Online’s Facebook pages are showing compassion and concern for her mental health. It is a wonderful thing to see. Step up, NAACP!

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 15th, 2019 Becky 1 comment

    & ROUND WE GO!

    Click here.

         This is all simply unbelievable. Stedman is not fit to be the DA let alone a judge! There will be much more tomorrow.


    **   An investigative grand jury will be utilized to hear testimony in the cases that fall under review. The grand jury does not have indictment powers, but can make recommendations on whether charges should be filed.
    From the DA’s press release linked to below. 
           Another grand jury? Unbelievable! They just got done with a grand jury that did next to nothing!
         As a friend said to me, “Stedman really wants to be a judge.”

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Click here for the District Attorney’s press release.




         In a continuation of the coverage of last Tuesday’s city council meeting, Darlene Byrd turns to Councilman Pete Soto, Director of the Public Safety Committee, in her efforts to get a citizen’s review board for the Lancaster City Police Department.
    Please see the post immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on January 13th, 2019 Becky 9 comments



    Darlene Byrd and City Councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El.

    *     Darlene Byrd’s conversation with Lancaster city council last Tuesday night continues below and picks up right after Ismail Smith Wade-El’s reply further down in this post.
         Her daughter and grand-daughter were involved in a mistaken identity police stop on May 12th of this year. She complained about and worked with council to revise the police complaint form. But she still has not received answers.
         Her comments do not end with this. She then turns to the head of the Public Safety Committee, Councilman Pete Soto, and continues. That will be coming…

    —  Darlene Byrd – I understand that’s the whole picture. But we’re talking about a civilian complaint form which is filed and goes through the Lancaster City process. I have came here and I went through that whole process and I took council along with me.
         It’s broken and it does not work and there needs to be a step. Maybe we don’t have subpoena power but there’s no reason and the DA has said – and if I need to bring him here I can do that – there is no reason why we don’t have a citizen’s review panel. I think that situation we went through would have came out a lot differently if we had residents hearing the issues that went down. And they have the right to know the same information that I got and decisions could have been made that were not made in our favor and what I think was justice.
         Like I said, I’m not looking for revenge. I brought this council solutions. I’ve seen and I went through the whole process. It’s broken. We need to take the next step. You already have that – the NAACP, you have Stand up for Lancaster – you have every committee come to you and say we need a citizen’s review board. So it’s time to take it to the top level and not say, oh, we don’t have subpoena power to do this. We have to start somewhere. We can’t continue to say we are not moving forward.

    —  Ismail Smith Wade-El – Ms. Byrd, I’m sorry that’s inaccurate because Lancaster Stands UP and the NAACP have concluded in their call for a citizen’s review board specifically to include the subpoena power and frankly, uh, uh, I agree with you that often the Lancaster City Police are out of line. That’s me as an individual council member but I also think that my experience with the District Attorney, as regards those cases that you can see in Lancaster Online or as case after case has turned out, has a very different take on what does constitute police misconduct than he may be letting you know.

    —  Darlene Byrd – Right, and I’m not disputing that. Like I said, we’re talking about civilian complaint form that is filed with the Lancaster City Police. There is no reason why we don’t have residents able to look over that information. You have one Sgt.  – Lopez that looks at the information, was hired by the police – who does not even report back to the complainee. We filed a complaint. He tried to justify what the police did. He didn’t investigate and do fact finding. He didn’t come back to us and say this is what we found out. That is something that this board could do that would not interfere with whatever the DA has said but would also give us some justification on what is actually happening with our complaints.
         We agreed that the form was wrong. We fixed the form but now the process is wrong. So what are we going to do – stop there? We’ve got to take the next step forward. If the next step forward is to come up with a citizen review board maybe [inaudible] DA said, the next step is where you are trying to fight for that subpoena power. But to sit back and let him tell us no and go no where – is not the answer.

    —  Ismail Smith Wade-El – We have not in matter of fact gone no where. I understand what you’re saying to me, Darlene, but that’s just not true because sitting in the room, the NAACP, Lancaster Stands Up, [inaudible], the police chief, the Pennsylvania – the State Human Relations Commission and the Department of Justice are working on this very thing and it continues. So, um, I just can’t – not even by me – but even by the work of all those people – can’t allow you to just say that nothing is going on because there is important work being done.

    1-14-19 UPDATE


         From the front page of today’s LNP print edition (left) – you can watch last night’s entire Martin Luther King Celebration including Pastor Amos Brown on the “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).

         Coming later today – more from Darlene Byrd!


    Photo of Darlene Byrd by LNP photographer Blaine Shahan and it accompanies the LNP article, “In the spotlight: South Ann Street activist finds hope in faith, volunteerism,” (click here).
          The below is the beginning of Darlene Byrd’s comments and questions to city council at Tuesday night’s meeting. Oh, there’s more – a lot more – and that will be coming. This woman is determined and wonderful!
         I was here two council meetings ago and I addressed some issues – about how many police and how much taxpayer dollars we are paying for cases in suits. And I think Mayor Sorace approached me today and said she did email me. Unfortunately I did not get to read the email but I did ask for a report from council to see – and I’m hoping that someone from council got that report – on how much taxpayers are paying for lawsuits.
         You know, we’ve been sued by the EPA and the police department has been sued many a times for misconduct and I would like to know what those are and if council had time to respond and get that message to me? Or are you working on getting that report?
    [City Council President James Reichenbach tells her to read Mayor Sorace’s email and that might answer her question.]
         The other thing I had asked too was about the two officers that were charged for domestic violence after we and the council and the city declared domestic violence month. We had two officers – what is happening with that and I had again asked council for their comments. I don’t know if you had addressed that or not?
         Also, as you know we are still looking at the incident that happened on May 12th. I did take the next step. I reported that to the DA and he is now looking into it. I am once again coming to council. I know that Ismail made a comment that the DA could not support a citizen review committee. That is not so. I spoke with him and I think he said he spoke to you, Mayor, saying that he would support a citizen review committee that would address complaints that were made to them.
         I am asking council what can we do to take that next step? We’ve been playing this game and fighting this game for too long! So what’s the next step?
    — Councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El – So, Ms. Byrd, to clarify – I have received a personal no statement on a citizen review board with subpoena power and if DA Stedman came to you and said he would support a citizen review board with the appropriate subpoena power then we would be having an entirely different conversation. But to date there has been no support for it – or – the DA has shown no support for a board or for actually giving that board the power to actually reach into investigations and collect evidence even when the police department or DA decide that information is behind closed doors – which for me is the whole picture.

    Posted on January 11th, 2019 Becky 3 comments

         This will be continued tomorrow. I am working on transcribing Darlene Byrd’s full comments to council on Tuesday and her interactions with councilmen Isamail Smith Wade-El and Pete Soto. It is extremely important and then I will come back to Blanding Watson of the NAACP. What is up with this man? He is unbelievable!


    *    The below comment came in and it is dead-on so I am moving it here. Also note that I have cropped the picture of Blanding Watson of the NAACP addressing city council that I ran yesterday above – and to his right – that is LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher! Where is your reporting, LNP?
         This Watson is something else…he wants council to hold public meetings on a hospital closing if i’m understanding correctly. But somehow the very same people that pay city police salaries are not invited to attend or even allowed to participate in these secret “council” stakeholder meetings where police is meeting with these stakeholders. These 11 stakeholders and 1 citizen that meet every Monday at 10am to discuss issues in Lancaster should be named to the public. They’re making decisions and handling complaints of the city. Who holds these stakeholders responsible. This sounds so crazy! Its bad enough we got a crooked D.A, police, mayor & newspaper. City council also has some members that are in it for their own personal gains. Diaz asked the right questions. People ought to start asking a lot of questions and making a whole lot of noise on this issue.



         Is the U.S. Department of Justice meeting with the Lancaster NAACP and the City Police? Why hasn’t this been reported?
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on January 7th, 2019 Becky 2 comments


         The below email was sent to DA Craig Stedman’s spokesperson, Brett Hambright, and the State Attorney General’s Office this afternoon. There will be more tomorrow.


    **     Are these two officers still on the street? Is the District Attorney’s office investigating them for perjury and assault? This is shocking and outrageous. In what world do these men think this constitutes police work?


    *     The “Factual Background” from the lawsuit of Damin Burnside v. City of Lancaster and Officers Timothy Sinnott and Jacob Bingham is below.



    Coming later today.


    Posted on January 6th, 2019 Becky 4 comments

    **    In response to a comment into this site (thank you!):
            On the matter of policing, I wanted to give you an update on some of the City residents who took the Police Civil Service Test Prep class organized at City Hall. We’re starting to receive scores back from individuals and generally they have been very positive. Just a reminder that City residents earn extra points on the civil service exam, as do bilingual applicants. We are most definitely going to build on our successes from this year and run the class again next year alongside our City recruitment efforts.
    From the mayor’s report to city council on September 25, 2018 (click here).


    *     The City of Lancaster offered residents of Lancaster City free test preparation in the weeks leading up to the test, which we will continue to offer in an effort to recruit and hire more City residents. Of the 121 individuals who passed the test, less than 5% were city residents.
    From the Lancaster City Police Department’s Facebook page on the swearing in of new officers this past Thursday (click here).
         This is not what Mayor Danene Sorace told a city council meeting several months ago. She sounded very pleased and stated the testing had gone well and a number of city residents had passed.
         Every city council member should review those test results and every stage of the hiring process. There should also be a citizen review board to review the entire process.
        The police press release goes on to say:    
        These candidates passed written and physical tests in September 2018. Based on scoring at the top of the list of testing applicants and in accordance with Civil Service regulations, the candidates were advanced to the next phase of the interview process.
          They went through a lengthy and exhaustive background investigation that includes multiple interviews with the applicant as well as personal and professional references.
           The candidates also submitted to a polygraph examination, psychological screening, drug test and physical examination.
          Really? That process didn’t work too well with Officers Jacob Bingham and Timothy Sinnott now did it? Please see the post immediately below this one. What the hell is going on?

    HARASS & ABUSE?Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 5th, 2019 Becky No comments


    (Click here)

          I guess it takes two federal lawsuits in three months for LNP to write a story about two officers accused of excessive force. Click here for “RACIALLY PROFILED – SHOCKINGLY VIOLENT” on this site for the first lawsuit against these two officers that LNP never covered!


    Posted on January 4th, 2019 Becky 14 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         This is simply unbelievable (click here)! This is unacceptable and unconscionable. What is the racial and ethnic make-up of the city of Lancaster?

    **    And if LNP is that strict, why does managing editor Tom Murse have this prominent picture of Trump on his Facebook page in what only can be interpreted as an endorsement?


    *     Tom’s mistake: Nothing on the internet is “private.” But yes, everyone wants to know what was in the screenshot and does he have a legal case?



    Former LNP reporter Tom Knapp posting on Facebook about his being fired.

         Why is LNP slanting the news for Trump?


    Posted on January 3rd, 2019 Becky 14 comments
    •     In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times’s journalistic reputation.
    From the New York Times, “The Times Issues Social Media Guidelines for the Newsroom,” (click here).
         That is a very strict policy and it would seem their journalists should not have social media accounts or limit them to sports and their children. I don’t know what guidelines LNP has for their reporters on social media (they surely do not have a journalism code of ethics) and I don’t know what Knapp posted on his private Facebook account. 
         But to instruct reporters to write favorably about Donald Trump is also absolutely unethical and simply unbelievable.  And let’s not forget that LNP owner, Beverly Steinman, has donated huge sums of money to the Republican party and conservative Republican candidates for years.
         There will be more tomorrow.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         Former LNP reporter Tom Knapp just posted the below on his non-private (formerly LNP) Facebook page.
         Sue them, Tom!


    **   I will ask again: Should taxpayers be paying for Marriott Hotel rooms for LNP?


    *    LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy just tweeted today’s editorial (see below).  
          You are an absolute disgrace to journalism, Cassidy! LNP should be removed immediately from any legitimate news organizations in the state and the country!




          Today’s LNP editorial (pictured left – click here) and from, “REF speaks: The fall of Lancaster,” (click here).

         The hypocrisy and lies from LNP are simply believable! How about $5,100 for a yoga room and over $9 million dollars for rooms in a for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion owned by racist LNP?  Om, no.
         LNP is a predator indeed!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 30th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


    LIP News will return this Thursday!


    12-31-18 UPDATE


         What was blatantly missing from LNP’s 2019 wish list: A hope for a better relationship between the police and the communities they serve; increasing the diversity of the police forces, the courts, and the DA’s office in the county; and as per Ms. Musser’s wish below – a truly integrated and equal Lancaster.
          Yes, we still have to say that with the year 2019 about to come in. And sadly, it is the continued institutionalized discrimination and racism at LNP that supports and continues the blatant inequality and racism in the county. And the mayor, the city council and the community need to call LNP out on it now! This has been going on for years and years! It must come to an end!

    “A TRULY

    *    Another wish for 2019.  Wow! You go, Ms. Musser!


    From today’s LNP, “Wishes for 2019.”

         Can someone please tell me what this means? And what is blatantly missing from the LNP editorial board’s 24 wishes for 2019?


    Posted on December 28th, 2018 Becky 2 comments



         I will be mailing LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher,  who wrote both of the above stories, several journalism codes of ethics in case he’s never read one (and it appears he has not)!
    Please check back later today. 


    Posted on December 27th, 2018 Becky 32 comments


         Speaking of lawyers, can this be for real? The lead network engineer for MAW Communications (LanCity Connect) goes on Facebook looking for an attorney for his new business? Oh, I think he’ll need a lawyer alright! This is too much!
         There will be more tomorrow.


    **   Dr. Gerald G. Huesken, the longest-tenured superintendent currently in service in Lancaster County, announced his intent to retire from Conestoga Valley School District at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
    From “Huesken Announces Retirement,” (click here).
         Yes, this is who Barb married. And speaking of school districts, former Manheim Township School Board President William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP, including Barb, continues. On December 17th, Judge David Ashworth entered an order and the first part is below. You can read his entire order here. This is now over my head and all I know is these lawyers are making a bundle and LNP never went after Conestoga Valley! Hmmm…


    *    This email in my spam folder this morning! Oh, no! What will these crooks come up with next? They need to go back to grammar school!



         Did you notice the change in LNP’s masthead? Barbara Hough Roda got married over the holidays! So who is the lucky man and when will Barb finally retire?

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 22nd, 2018 Becky 4 comments


    From “What are the Benefits of Having Diversity in a Jury Panel?” (click here).

         Happy Holidays! LIP News will resume daily publishing on Thursday, December 27th.


    Posted on December 21st, 2018 Becky 4 comments


          I’m going to come back to the juries in Lancaster County tomorrow before going on holiday break. Today, I’m repeating two previous pieces that involve LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes  and LNP’s reporting on juries (the originals are here and here).



          “Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman resorted to fear mongering to push for a mandatory sentencing bill to pass the state Senate.”
    Thank you to a commenter for linking to the above ACLU article (click here).


    *     “I have a proven record of commitment to fairness and know the role of a judge is to interpret the law. … I want to continue to make a difference and keep Lancaster safe and free, consistent with the Constitution.”
    DA Craig Stedman quoted in the article linked to immediately below.
          “A commitment to fairness” is simply not true and this site has proven that over and over again and will continue to do so.


          Yesterday’s unconfirmed report has now been confirmed by LNP (click here for the article shown at left and I did put a call into the Republican party yesterday but did not hear back).
          The same person has this to say about the DA race and I agree about Fetterman and Mansfield – they are terrible!:
          There are 3 people trying to get the Republican endorsement for Stedman’s DA position –  Mark Fetterman, Karen Mansfield, both members of Stedman’s staff, and Heather Adams, a former Deputy Attorney General who is by far the best qualified.  She is not in the Republican inner circle so she probably doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.  Fetterman, who is married,  has baggage –  emails involving a female assistant DA who is no longer with the office are supposed to surface, but haven’t yet.  Maybe a RTK request for his emails would enlighten people.  Mansfield comes off as a dope
    Thank you again for the information and please check back later today.


    Posted on December 20th, 2018 Becky 4 comments



          Once again, LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes refuses to disclose the race and ethnicity of a Lancaster County jury. The jury in the above case decided today was all white and mostly middle aged or older.
          On July 22 of this year, Hawkes wrote about Judge Lawrence Stengel retiring and I was surprised and pleased to see a quote  from Stengel  which I wrote about as follows (click here for the original on this site and here for the LNP article):
         There will be much more on Hawkes and the unbelievable racism at LNP tomorrow.


    *    MANHEIM TWP.: A resident of the 300 block of Fern Lane received a call Dec. 14 saying they won a $3.5 million prize but needed to transfer $18,645.13 using a Walmart-to-Walmart transfer. The victim transferred the funds.
    From today’s police log (click here).
         Do not ever send money! Oh, my heavens! Hang up!


    Becky –
    Thought you’d be interested to know that since Stedman announced he wants the Republican endorsement for the judicial vacancy in Lancaster County, all of the judicial candidates EXCEPT Todd Brown, the Head Public Defender, have withdrawn their names.  Stedman, unless he gets stained by the scandal he did nothing about – First Assistant Chris Larsen banging  a subordinate in and out of the office – is the shoo-in.  That, by the way, is why the First Assistant isn’t running for DA. 
         This email in yesterday from someone who has provided good information in the past (thank you!).
          Please note the information in this email has not been independently confirmed. I will work today to get the official word on this.
         As of 8:30 am this morning, the following are listed on the Republican Party website as candidates seeking the party’s endorsement to run for judge (click here).
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on December 19th, 2018 Becky 6 comments


         I am told by a person attending this trial that the jury is all white. How is this possible? Why doesn’t LNP report the racial and ethnic make-up of juries in Lancaster County? 
         This is an outrage and there will be much more tomorrow.


    Today’s LNP editorial (click here).

         This is beyond absurd and disgusting. LNP why don’t you try this basic principle: Tell the truth!
    Please check back later today.

  • * – *** BREAKING *** – ** – * 12-18-18 UPDATE – SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

    Posted on December 17th, 2018 Becky 8 comments



         The lead story on Lancaster Online  (left) and the DA’s tweet with his mugshot (click here to read the press release).

         Eighty pounds is a lot (obviously)! But what I don’t understand about the new ordinance in the city allowing someone to have an ounce of marijuana is once again – where do they get that ounce or less? To possess it someone has to have sold it to them (or they grew it themselves). Where and how do you draw that line?


    *** BREAKING NEWS ***  Former Lancaster City Police Sgt. Raymond Corll has filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence to the Supreme Court of PA (see below). The Superior Court of PA affirmed and upheld his conviction and sentence in the Lancaster County Court on November 20, 2018.


    **   Richard B Rodriguez-Ysabel, 21, does not have any other criminal dockets in the state of PA (see below). All of the NT (non-traffic) entries (including one in York County not included in the below) are for noise violations.


    *    That said, we do fully support City Council’s proposal to decriminalize minor marijuana possession.
    From the LNP editorial on September 7th of this year, “Decriminalizing (not legalizing) marijuana possession in Lancaster city makes sense,” (click here).        
         Where are you, LNP? Why don’t you have a reporter questioning the police chief, the DA and the mayor on why the new ordinance that you support was not applied in this case?

    12-18-18 UPDATE


    Read the comments under City Councilwoman Janet Diaz’s Facebook post (click here).


    — Doing some research this afternoon. —

    ***   City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance giving police leeway to treat possession of small amounts of marijuana more leniently than state law does.
          …. It allows officers to file a summary charge, similar to a traffic ticket, for possession or use of up to an ounce of marijuana, or possession of paraphernalia.
          State law treats possession of small amounts of marijuana as a misdemeanor. Convictions can lead to a permanent criminal record with lifelong effects, barring individuals from educational, housing and job opportunities.
         That’s what the council hopes to prevent.
    From the LNP article, “City Council reduces penalties for small amounts of marijuana,” (click here).  
          See immediately below.  


    OCCURRED 12/7/2018 1952 HRS
    Richard B Rodriguez-Ysabel, 21, of the 500 block West Orange Street, Lancaster PA and a Hispanic juvenile male passenger were the subjects of a traffic stop.  The suspects were found to be in possession of marijuana.  Rodriguez-Ysabel arrested and charged with Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Corruption of Minors and Driving Under Suspension.  The juvenile was also arrested and  charged with Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana. 
    From today’s police log (click here).
    1. City council passed an ordinance making possession of a small amount of marijuana a summary offense. How much did Rodriguez-Ysabel have? He is charged with a misdemeanor for that.
    2.  Why do we need to know the unnamed juvenile is “Hispanic?” How much marijuana did he have?



                         James Reichenbach                 John Graupera

    *    In part of her comments to city council at their last meeting, Darlene Byrd also talked about the police department and the two current officers charged with domestic violence (also see yesterday’s post).
         City councilmen James Reichenbach and John Graupera are up for re-election in 2019. Both of these men (and Mayor Sorace) never said a word during all the years they had a police chief whose ex-wife wrote a book stating he beat her for years. Neither of these men deserve to be re-elected!


    Part of city council’s agenda for tomorrow night (click here).
         In a specially scheduled city council meeting because of the holidays, they will meet tomorrow and take a final vote on all the tax increases and budget for 2019.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on December 16th, 2018 Becky No comments


         Don’t be a yes man. Don’t be a rubber-stamper. Make a difference. We didn’t put you up here just to have colored people or color up here.
         We put you up here because we thought you would make a difference and not go the same old, same old, same old toe the line. We need someone who’s going to speak up for justice.
    Darlene Byrd addressing city council Tuesday night (you can watch the video here).
          Oh, it gets even better! This woman is smart, well spoken and angry! I hope to have a full transcript of her statement to council here tomorrow. She has been seeking an apology from the Lancaster City Police Department since May and has addressed city council numerous times about it.


    Posted on December 14th, 2018 Becky 9 comments


         On December 24, 2013 – Christmas Eve – Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis, shot and killed his two month old daughter.  He did not spend one day in jail. He received unbelievably preferential treatment by District Attorney Craig Stedman and Judge Dennis Reinaker. LNP lied to the public and to this day have never told the public about the obvious connection and the reason for the blatant, unjust and preposterous preferential treatment Davis received.
        Today, Cutler met with the LNP editorial board. Below are some of the topics and quotes from Cutler. There will be more this weekend.
    Cutler on the merit selection of judges over election:
    —  Justice should be blind.
    —  If people don’t believe in the process – this is one of my concerns with judicial elections – if they believe it is tainted by politics and money…
    On the six-year anniversary of Sandy Hook and guns and background checks:
    —  You should view every gun as loaded. You don’t point them at people.
    —  We hear the idea of a gun show loop-hole. The truth is every gun or firearm that I purchased at a gun show I always went through a background check. So that is probably mislabeled.


    **   Suzanne Cassidy to Bryan Cutler after he told the board to call him “Bryan:”  “Bryan has the humility of most Lancaster County residents.”
           Um…okay? Apparently Lancaster County has the corner on humility! Oh, listening to this is torture! But Cutler said several things that are so hypocritical I have to get them!

    *    “They are beautiful. I wrote them down,” LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy told Representative Bryan Culter this morning in his meeting with the LNP editorial board.  She was talking about what Cutler said were his father’s three rules.
          Oh, please! That is ridiculous, patronizing and just plain sad!


         “I haven’t actually seen the emails.”
    District Attorney Craig Stedman in his press conference yesterday afternoon (click here).
            District Attorney Craig Stedman held a five minute press conference (including questions) on the bomb threats but said he had not “actually seen the emails.” Ridiculous! And he added absolutely nothing new that the public did not already know.
          A commenter from a North Carolina business posted on LNP’s Facebook page that they had received one and it is republished below.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 13th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    — Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will return tomorrow. —

    *    While on the subject of judges, I received this email (thank you!):
         Just wanted you to know about some of the judges we have in Lancaster Co.  I was in the courtroom of Merrill Spahn recently and what struck me most, is he has an iPad with him.
         During the trial, he would look at it intermittently, I guess he got an email.
         My question is this, if ppl are not allowed to take a phone into the Lancaster Courthouse, why can a judge, who is supposed to be paying attention to the proceedings looking at his email?
         For this they are being paid $183K????
    He is forgetting that someone’s life is hanging in the balance.  Shouldn’t he at least be paying ATTENTION?
    THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO, Please do not use my name, you know what a small community we have here.



          About the Hatch Act… When I worked as a County Supports Coordinator for (the then) MH/MR/EI, because our Agency received funding through the Medicaid program, I could not legally display a “Vote for Obama” sign on my front lawn. So if a D.A. can, without first resigning, run for State Office while the County receives any Federal funding, then this appears to be a violation. Would not a wannabe judge NOT know this?
    This comment in from “barryinwinnipeg” yesterday.
         There is only one way to resolve this – report District Attorney Craig Stedman!
    Please check back later today.

  • *** – *** BREAKING *** – * POT MEET KETTLE!

    Posted on December 11th, 2018 Becky 13 comments


         This morning, Debra Slaymaker-Walker’s docket read $1 million (cash) bail and that is what all the media outlets reported (see below). They have now changed her docket to $1 million unsecured bail at the request of Russ Glass. Why would he request a change?

    — First Docket —

    — Revised Docket —


    — Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania – click here.

    ***   The first comments under the LNP article on Debra Slaymaker-Walker on their Facebook page are below.  Report District Judge Edward Tobin to the state judicial ethics commission!


    **   Tobin set her bail at $1 million. She is being held at her home due to her injuries, according to a spokeswoman from Tobin’s office.
    From the LNP article, “Woman charged in crash that killed 2 Warwick students confined to house on $1M bail ,” (click here).       
         She is being “held at her home?” So the $1 million dollar bail doesn’t mean a single thing? Oh, this is unbelievable! 


    *    The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) lists over 50 Journalism Codes of Ethics from publications across the country on their website (click here). Why don’t you open one and read it, LNP Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy?


    Today’s LNP editorial (click here). 

        The LNP editorial board rips into Zimmerman and he deserves it! But so does LNP! You need a major brushing up on journalism ethics codes, LNP!
         What astounding hypocrites!
    Please check back later today. 


    Posted on December 9th, 2018 Becky 17 comments



          Believe it or not, this is LNP’s lead story online this afternoon (pictured left). Now, let me say right up front that I am very sorry that this couple lost a tree lest you think I am a grinch. But the lead story?
         The Manheim Township Police Department were very thorough in their investigation and even include the three evidence photos shown above in their press release (click here)!
         And LNP even sent a photographer for another picture with the owner and the bow he tied around the remaining stub. They might even have sent the reporter as well or maybe he just spoke with the owner by phone.
         Don’t you wish LNP would put this much effort into (more important) stories?



    *    Apparently LNP is trying to downplay the city’s 2019 tax increases by having several articles about the growing restaurant scene in the city and their own Marriott Hotel.
           I was intrigued by this sentence from one:
         Amorette, which opened in May, points to its fine-dining menu, sophisticated service and elegant décor.
         So, I decided to look them up. Below is their lunch entrée menu and pricing or you can have three courses for $38.00 (click here):
         The four course prix fixe dinner is $78.00. The seven course tasting menu is $137.00 – but never fear – there is a vegetarian option available for that price.
         Who can afford this except for the Steinman family?


    — 12-10-18 UPDATE —


     A lead story on Lancaster Online this morning (click here).

         How much of your money is LNP using for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel – and why?
    Please check back later today.


    Comments posted under the live-stream of city council’s 2019 budget meeting yesterday on the “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page.

         Very well said! Hey, Tom Murse, Managing Editor of LNP and the Caucus, why don’t you have your reporters investigate this blatant PA government waste and fraud of the taxpayer’s money?
          Oh, that’s right! You don’t investigate it because you are a direct recipient of the waste and fraud!


    Posted on December 7th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    — Tomorrow is the all important 2019 budget meeting for the city from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in city hall. Tony Dastra will be live-streaming it on his “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page. —


    **   Look how fast a LNP reporter rewrote the DA’s press release. LNP won’t do anything without the DA’s “approval.” Unbelievable and disgraceful!


    *     Just posted by DA spokesperson Brett Hambright on Twitter (click here for his press release).

          As reported on this site on Wednesday, they held Jeffrey Lyons’ preliminary hearing one day before it was officially scheduled to avoid press coverage. Karen Connelly’s was held yesterday as scheduled.


          From today’s LNP article, “District Attorney Craig Stedman, 4 others seeking Republican backing for county judgeship,” (click here).

          From this site when Stedman ran unsuccessfully to be a Superior Court Judge last year:



    Posted on December 6th, 2018 Becky 17 comments


          Quite simply, District Attorney Craig Stedman did what any prosecutor should and would do. She broke the law repeatedly and as a result killed two high school students and severely injured another.
         LIP News will follow the case.


         Debra Slaymaker-Walker posting on her son’s Facebook page sometime early this morning after he posted that 2018 has been the worst year of his life.


    *   “Precise, accurate driving,” “Sustained reckless driving”
    DA Stedman in his press conference.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         The below charges were filed against Debra Slaymaker-Walker before District Judge Edward Tobin this morning.


    THIS MORNING, 10:45 AM

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 4th, 2018 Becky 9 comments


          Lancaster’s City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program enjoyed a windfall in 2018, receiving about $6.4 million in revenue.
          The 70 percent increase was well above what local officials had expected.
         The money comes from eligible state and local taxes paid by businesses in the CRIZ zone, and any that’s unused goes back to the state. So, last week the CRIZ authority allocated all of it.
    From the LNP article, “Lancaster CRIZ authority’s $6.4M goes to Lancaster Square projects, stadium, etc.” (click here).     
         So the CRIZ board just decided to be “nice” and hand out $6.4 million including $531,183 more to LNP for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. I will wait for their application for that additional money I requested in my Right to Know yesterday and then I will be writing every member of the state CRIZ Board, the governor, the attorney general and the Ethics Commission and urge you to do the same.
         This is corruption at the highest levels! This is unimaginable!
         Hey, maybe the Caucus reporters could investigate this because they state they are: “Casting light on Pa. government waste and fraud through relentless, independent investigative reporting.”
         Oops, silly me! They are owned by LNP!
         There will be much more tomorrow.


    **   This was just posted on the Manheim Township Police Department’s Crime Watch page (click here):

    From Chief Rudzinski:

         During the early morning hours of October 27, 2018, officers from the Manheim Township Police Department responded to a one-vehicle crash in the 400 Block of Buch Avenue where a vehicle had left the road and then struck a fence and a tree. The officers recognized the driver of the vehicle as Matthew Bender, who is employed by Manheim Township as a police officer, but was off-duty and in his personal vehicle. Due to the circumstances of the crash, the Pennsylvania State Police were requested to conduct the investigation which ultimately led to DUI charges being filed against Bender.

         I cannot comment on the details of the crash investigation because we are not the investigating agency.

         Officer Bender was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the results of both the criminal and an internal investigation. Bender not only has rights under the criminal justice system, but he also has employment rights as well. As a result, I cannot comment on the outcome of the internal investigation, which is a personnel matter.

         I can assure the community that I did not take this matter lightly. This Department maintains a zero-tolerance approach to employees who are involved in violations of the law. Our officers are expected to set the standard and be the example for everyone else. The Manheim Township Police Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities which we serve, and our employees do an exceptional job on a daily basis to keep all of us safe.


    *     I was sent this letter from the state regarding Lancaster’s plan to use the CRIZ for small businesses that was mentioned here yesterday afternoon (thank you!).



         In a very long 2019 budget presentation at the city council committee meeting last night, Patrick Hopkins presented this slide. Do you know what is missing from this slide regarding large projects partially funded by the CRIZ and providing new tax revenues for the city?
         LNP’s Marriott Hotel and expansion because they are not on the tax-rolls! Unbelievable corruption and theft by LNP!
    You can watch the entire meeting here and please check back later today.