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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * IN A MINORITIES ARE THE MAJORITY CITY!

    Posted on June 26th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    GUNS N TRUCKS
    & BEING WHITE!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article.

          Most commenters on Lancaster Online and their Facebook page agree: The bail amount is absurd and it is because they are white! When is this going to change? This must change.

     

        

    Jordan Russell (left) and Ronald Brown from their respective Facebook pages. These men like trucks – big trucks!

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    JUST TWO GOOD
    OL’ WHITE BOYS
    SHOOTING UP A HOUSE!

    Ronald Brown (left) and Jordan Russell.
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    *    You can shoot into occupied homes if you are a good ol’ white boy in Lititz! Oh, happy day! Their bail is $5,000 apiece. Yes, you read that correctly. A minority in the city would have their bail set a $250,000 without a doubt. And Russell has serious priors!
         Oh, it’s good to be white in Lancaster County! Click here for LNP’s, “2 charged with shooting into Lititz home.” Could LNP find out why their bail is so low or is that asking too much of this “news organization?”
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    ABSOLUTE HYPOCRISY
    AND BLATANT RACISM!

          LNP’s big front page headline in this morning’s print edition.

         Isn’t that special? Remember when the fire alarms went off in the LNP offices in October of 2014 and the LNP staff came spilling out into Penn Square (click here for the original on this site)?
         Why won’t anyone in power in Lancaster – the mayor, the city council members, the county commissioners, the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission, etc. – step up and say this is wrong? This is unacceptable! It is 2017 and we will not allow this in our community?


    Please check back later today.

  • LNP: IGNORING AN IMPORTANT, LOCAL BOOK!

    Posted on June 25th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    GOOD RATS AND BAD?

          Today, LNP decides to tell us what “important” people in Lancaster County are going to read this summer! Let me be very clear: I don’t give a rat’s butt what Mayor Gray is going to read (but it should clearly involve telling the truth and ethics) but I do want to read, “This Is the Rat Speaking!” And why has this book by a local author on a very local and important topic not been mentioned by LNP?
         I have ordered it and am anxiously awaiting my copy! It has been theorized and stated that the rise of the “Black Power” movement is when the Steinmans, the owners of LNP said, “Not in our town!” and made sure that pervasive racism existed in all aspects of everyone’s lives in Lancaster County until this very day.  I wonder if that’s why they haven’t mentioned it? 1969 is also the year my father, who was a professor at F&M, and others founded and began publishing the Lancaster Independent Press.
          From the opening chapter (click here for the book on Amazon):

  • MODERN DAY LYNCHING! – 2

    Posted on December 14th, 2016 Becky 1 comment

    THE SOLE “WITNESS” IS DEAD!akeem-washington1

        This went up on Crimewatch this morning (click here).

         LNP does an almost exact rewrite of the above Crimewatch entry on their website. I covered this in October of last year with the first “MODERN DAY LYNCHING” story and a portion of it is below (click here).  The sole witness, a jailhouse snitch and a convicted pimp – yes, a real life pimp – Tremayne Jones, was killed in San Diego on July 1st of this year.
         There will be more on this in the days to come.

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  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** 12-1-16 UPDATE – MAYOR GRAY: A HUGE PROBLEM WITH THE TRUTH!

    Posted on November 30th, 2016 Becky 6 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***
         *(Click here for the PennLive story shown below.)

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    UPDATED 12-1-2016
    GRAY’S BIGGEST LIES!

         Mayor Gray’s three most outrageous lies – to date – are below. There will be more later today.

    1.  –  Rick Gray, Mayor of Lancaster: As a candidate for Mayor of Lancaster, Gray promised that he would convene a study group to investigate the feasibility of the proposed center.   After the election, Gray’s ‘panel’ questioned only people who were intimately involved in the project, and no one else.  The day after Gray’s inauguration as Mayor, he viciously attacked those who were asking questions about the project at a public forum held at Farm & Home Center.  There, Gray’s statement that state money should not be passed up suggested he either had been a supporter of the project or was unwilling to clash with the convention center sponsors.  Later, after impulsively suggesting a feasibility study be sponsored by the Commissioners, he back peddled on his request and subsequently publicly trashed the reputable PKF feasibility study.
    NewsLanc.com – “Final chapter in Convention Center Series: Betrayals of public trust; Excesses and abuses by Public Officials,” (click here).

    2.  Mayor Rick Gray on Wednesday cautioned against second-guessing the police officer who fatally shot a homeless man in downtown Lancaster on Monday, but he agreed with City Council that the public deserves a full report.
         …But the mayor also described the police officers who confronted knife-wielding Gregory S. Bayne as “experienced” and said “second guessing is pretty easy.”
    LNP – “Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray: Public will get full report on police shooting of homeless man,” (click here). 

    3.  “Tell me Barberet would be here today if the convention center wasn’t there,” he [Mayor Rick Gray] said, referring to the French bakery/bistro and a third floor bar/lounge that opened on East King Street near the convention center last summer.
    LNP – “Lancaster City Council approves $30M Marriott hotel expansion,” (click here).

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    THE CC, THE POLICE
    AND A RESTAURANT!

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           Gray is a decent individual but fell sway to special interests and bad advisors when it came to real estate development and public works projects. He flipped flopped on the Convention Center, he supports the CRIZ program ear marked to enrich Penn Square Partners and others at the future expense of  our children and grandchildren, bungled the potential redevelopment of Lancaster Square East,  squandered opportunities to get ahead of the looming huge storm sewer assessments, and was a big supporter of the bird brain idea of bringing trolleys back to Lancaster… among other mistakes.
    From NewsLanc.com, “Will Rick Gray’s retirement be good for Lancaster City?” (click here).
         Many years ago I thought Rick Gray was a “decent individual” but that quickly changed. 
    Coming later today: The three biggest lies told by Mayor Gray!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * THESE PEOPLE ARE LIARS!

    Posted on September 2nd, 2016 Becky 12 comments

    A VERY LONG
    LIST OF ABUSES BY LNP!

           In his introduction to the 51st and final part of NewsLanc’s series on the convention center/hotel that is noted in the email below and has a huge list of “Abuses by Lancaster Newspapers,” publisher Robert Field states this (click here):
         Fortunately, local circumstances have in general changed for the better. This is especially true concerning the Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. which has returned to its  former high standards.
         This is absolute bunk and nonsense as has been proven absolutely false by the recent CRIZ award to PSP Partners (the Lancaster Newspapers and High Industries). And this is what drives me crazy about Robert because he must have used that  returned to “high standards” line for LNP about 30 times over the course of the last several years and it simply is not true. He does not get it!
         LNP (the Lancaster Newspapers) have never had high standards. They have never held the police, the DA or the Judges in Lancaster County accountable. They have always protected the white, elite and privileged establishment. They blatantly discriminate in their hiring and their racism is reflected everywhere in their coverage and lack of coverage.
         But it is their mockery and disavowal of all journalism principles and ethics that is the most shocking and disheartening. The press is the backbone of this country’s democracy and LNP is the antithesis of that basic, most important constitutional fact. And they could care less because they are not a news organization – they are a greedy, unethical business masquerading as a news organization and using the power that comes with it to line their own pockets and keep their cronies and political friends in office. It is disgraceful and beyond scary.
         Barring breaking news, this site is going on vacation until Tuesday, September 6th. Coming shortly thereafter:
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    —  A follow-up with the Department of Justice on the petition calling for an investigation into the shooting death of 15-year-old Ibram Hanna in Mountville on August 12th.
     
    —  A follow-up with the PA State Attorney General’s Office on complaints that LNP and the GRAY administration have illegally colluded on the CRIZ.
     
    —  The CRIZ application itself.
    —  A follow-up with the PA News Media Association to have LNP thrown out of the Association.
     
    —  Follow-ups on the cases of Sterling Staton and Akeem Washington where there is outrageous and racist conduct by the Lancaster City Police Department, the DA’s office and Lancaster County Judges.
     
    —  Much more.
    Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day!

             And on a silly note and to lighten things up a touch, I found this meme on the “The Realest People of Lancaster” Facebook page and I just enjoy it!

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    *     This email was sent today.
     
    Hello,
     
    This email is for Mara Creswell McGrann: I was wondering why you are allowing your name to be associated with the LNP editorial board? On Wednesday, August 31 the board wrote in the opinion piece on Hillary Clinton:
     
    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.
     
    This is a flat-out lie and a disgrace to journalism. LNP owns the Marriott Hotel and just received CRIZ money (public money) for their “expansion.” I also suggest that you read NewsLanc.com’s series on the convention center and their list of “Abuses by Lancaster Newspapers” (click here).
     
    I would appreciate your response.
     
    Thank you,
     
    Becky Holzinger

    THE MARRIOTT
     AND THE CRIZ!

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          These two sentences from Wednesday’s LNP editorial simply shock me to my core (click here). That the people on the editorial board could flat-out lie and be this hypocritical and lacking in any integrity or decency whatsoever is scary and shocking and absolutely disgusting. They are a disgrace to journalism!

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    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – KNOCKED OUT FOR LIFE?

    Posted on February 3rd, 2016 Becky 2 comments

    WHAT HAPPENED?    

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     Temar Boggs in happier times.
        
         This ruined my day. If it is true, let’s hope he can turn his life back around. Click here for, “Crime Stoppers – Wanted Person Armed Robbery Temar Boggs” and here for LNP’s, “Temar Boggs, hailed as hero in abducted girl case, wanted for armed robbery.”

    RIFE WITH RACISM!

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         This article had over sixty comments under it on the Lancaster Online website last night. Someone claiming to be Andrew Westry’s mother posted. All of those comments have been deleted and the comments have been “disabled.”
         What is missing from this LNP “story?” Westry was one of two men who were the subject of this article and charges – “Was Lancaster Community Safety Coalition supervisor victim of violent ‘knockout game’?” (click here).
         No, he was not! Click here for “NO, IT WAS NOT THE ‘KNOCKOUT’ GAME!”
         But that is why Judge David Ashworth gave him this shocking sentence. Make no mistake about it.
         The criminal justice system in Lancaster County is rife with racism and racist judges.
    Please check back later today.           

  • * SINGING THE BLUES?

    Posted on November 6th, 2015 Becky 3 comments

    * Doing some research this afternoon. Back tomorrow.

    AND IT IS NOT TRUE!

            Word is from people who were alive and remember this incident, this man raped an inmate while in jail and revenge was carried out by friends of the victim who was raped. If this is true, I have no sympathy for this guy. Believe or not Becky, but there is actually bad black people out there. Not every black man/woman killed by a cop or assaulted by a white person is just an innocent victim of society’s intolerance. That doesn’t fit your far left agenda. You sang the blues for Gomez after being killed by cops while trying to KILL A COP!!!!!! You have said nothing on the white man who was shot in the back and killed in Hummelstown. Nothing on her beating the charges. I guess his skin color wasn’t right for you have some type of self righteous cause.
    This comment in from Gray#1 last night.
         Wow! Gray#1 has zinged some public officials on this site and last evening he decided to go after me. So, I’ll respond:
    —  Your prison rape story is absurd. I worked on this story for a year and I have lots of people who are still alive who remember this and worked the story with me (including the real J. Richard Gray). I am not going to rehash the original Lancaster Lynching story. I have a website “Lancaster Lynching” that desperately needs to be updated and the pictures re-inserted. There is a permanent link over to the right on this site (click here). I will do that and there may be a book. Other than that, I am dealing with current news and the latest lynching attempt.
    —  I am fully aware that there are “bad black people out there!” And then you bring up Gomez. As I recall, I said I didn’t dispute DA Craig Stedman’s statement that it was justified. What the public does have a right to know is the name of the officers involved. And then, when someone posts this repeatedly on Lancaster Online under the stories, you better believe any decent reporter would contact them (click here):
          I was the apartment owner who let the police in that day. 75% if this article is lies. if anyone wants the real story, msg me on FB. unbelievable!
         She states that Gomez did not fire his shot through a backpack and the public has a right to know if he did or didn’t. If Stedman added this to somehow make the situation more dire and deceptive, that is absolutely not okay. The public has a right to know exactly what occurred and a DA obviously should not lie. I did file a complaint with the Department of Justice and will follow-up with them.
    — And then you say I did not cover the police involved shooting in Hummelstown! I am one person and I cannot cover everything. This is being covered by the Associated Press, PennLive and multiple other news sources. It was on the CBS national news last night. I’ll let them handle it!
    —  Finally, again, I am only one person. I would love to know more about this, “Lancaster man innocent of gun violations in encounter with bouncer outside city bar,” (click here). If you recall, a Molly’s Pub bouncer also shot a man in August. Was it the same bouncer? Was he justified? Click here for, “Man wounded in shooting Sunday morning outside city bar.”
         I could say a lot more, but I’ll leave it at that for now.
    Please check back later today.
        
  • MODERN DAY LYNCHING! – 5

    Posted on November 5th, 2015 Becky 7 comments

    NOW IT IS NOT PHYSICAL –
    IT IS THROUGH THE COURTS!

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          Thirty four years ago I followed a story in Lancaster that changed my life.
         Robert Henderson sued then Lancaster Detectives Joseph Geesey and Walter Goeke for $30,000 apiece in Federal Court for violation of his civil rights.
           The Lancaster Police Department got their revenge and sent a message to the Black community – on May 1, 1981 Henderson was found impaled by his rectum on the vent pipe of a fuel oil tank on Mill Street.
            The Philadelphia Tribune newspaper ran the headline, “Man critical after Lancaster lynching try.” I would find out how very accurate that headline was.
           To make a very long story short, I became suspicious of a man who worked on Mill Street within 100 feet of the crime scene. I bought a polaroid camera, walked into his place of business, saw him sitting at a table with two other men and I took their picture.
          The next day, following tremendous pressure from the Tribune, artist sketches of the three men were printed in the Lancaster Newspapers.
         Those sketches and my photograph are above. I spent over a year on the story trying every possible avenue to no avail. I did not write again for over 20 years.
         And now, after all these years, I find out it’s still going on. Only the police are not physically trying to lynch minority men and women – they are doing it through the Lancaster Court system while the Lancaster Newspapers turn a blind eye as they have done for years.
         And Akeem Washington’s trial and sentence is the most corrupt and shocking example of a modern day lynching you will find. I will cover this story intermittently until Washington gets a new trial. Period.
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    [Editor’s Note: There is a permanent link to the Lancaster Lynching story to the right, however, the photograph and artists sketches are no longer online and I need to re-insert them and I will. It is still a site under construction.]
  • * MODERN DAY LYNCHING! – 4

    Posted on November 4th, 2015 Becky 13 comments

    WHAT DO THE
    DETECTIVES DO?

           As predicted yesterday, there is no follow-up on the Turkey Hill robbery (see the story immediately below). Not a video, not a photograph – not a “How is the investigation going?” or “What are you doing to solve this?” or “Where is the video?” question by LNP to the police – simply nothing. Just another unsolved crime the Lancaster Police and the Lancaster Newspapers hope we soon forget.
         A friend and I ask each other all the time: “What do the Lancaster Detectives do all day?” Now, there is a partial answer: They spend a good part of the day trying to put minority men and women behind bars for years or life if they don’t like them or if they feel they are not respectful enough. That’s what these detectives do.
        And the Lancaster Newspapers have turned a blind eye to this for years.
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    HIDING SOMETHING?

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         Tremayne Jones, Akeem Washinton’s cellmate for 24 hours, and the only witness against him in a trial that will put Washington in prison for the majority of his life, has taken down his extremely nasty Facebook page.
         That’s right! The gang member and pimp’s Facebook page is down! Who called him from Lancaster and told him to take it down? Was it Judge David Ashworth, DA Craig Stedman, Detective Michael Winters or the guards at the prison?
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – MODERN DAY LYNCHING! – 3

    Posted on November 3rd, 2015 Becky 11 comments

         THE DETECTIVES
    ARE NOT SOLVING
    ANY CRIMES!

          The AutoZone on East Chestnut Street in the city was robbed on Saturday, October 24th by two men (click here). AutoZones have surveillance cameras. No video has been released to the public and no arrests have been made.
         This happens time and time again. And LNP “police reporter” reporter Ryan Robinson runs suspect’s photos all the time – from the East Lampeter, Manheim Township and Ephrata Police Departments to name a few. In fact, they’ve run photos of people stealing bottles of alcohol. And the public very often identifies the perpetrator and they are arrested.
         And yet, he never questions the Lancaster Police about the lack of videos or does any follow-up whatsoever. The four sentence “article” about the robbery is all there is. Another unsolved crime in Lancaster. Time to move on to the next crime.
         And early this morning another Turkey Hill was robbed (click here). Turkey Hills have surveillance cameras. Will video be released to the public? If not, why not? Is it the same person as one of the two AutoZone robbers? Will the Lancaster Police make an arrest? When will these robbers rob again? Will they injure or kill someone the next time?
         The Lancaster detectives are not solving any crimes and LNP ignores that fact over and over again – the same way they ignore the 161 coalition cameras in Lancaster and never question why no videos are released to the public.
         As I’ve said so many times before – it is utterly shocking and disgusting that a news organization puts the public directly at risk this way and doesn’t hold the police, the mayor, the DA or city council accountable.
         Maybe the next time there is a robbery in the city, LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda’s daughter or one of Robinson’s children will be in the store. Do you think they will care then?

    [Editor’s Note: I am aware that LNP reporter Chad Umble “wrote” the four sentence AutoZone story. But he was a fill-in on the police scanner as Ryan Robinson and Jennifer Todd are listed as the police reporters and write/re-write the vast majority of the police press releases.]     

    DO ROBINSON &
    SADLER HAVE BRAINS?

        From yesterday’s print edition by LNP police reporter Ryan Robinson. Robinson runs to Police Chief Keith Sadler for justification for this modern day lynching!
    Please check back later today.

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  • * WHERE’S YOUR OUTRAGE, CUTLER? – WHAT A HYPOCRITE!

    Posted on April 13th, 2015 Becky 12 comments

     THIS IS NOT JUSTICE!

         There are three blatant, recent criminal cases where explicit preferential treatment was given by the DA and Judges because of political connections – and LNP purposely and knowingly covered them up and flat-out lied to the public: 

    1. G. Scott Davis, Representative Bryan Cutler’s step brother-in-law. 

    2. Devin Gardill and Luke Karpathios who were sentenced to six months in boot camp for a violent home invasion for drugs. Gardill is the son of a West Hempfield Police Officer and Karpathios is the son of a prominent Lancaster businessman. 

    3. Katie West who drove high on heroin and was involved in an accident that killed her husband and one of her children who were in the car. She was not charged and the DA and police tried to blame and convict a recent immigrant truck driver whom she hit. She is the sister of County Commissioner Scott Martin. 

         I will come back to each one of these in detail – but Representative Bryan Cutler should be outraged by all these cases as well and urging for the dismissal of the public officials involved in them.  

    THE PROCESS MUST BE FAIR!

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         “If people do not trust that the process is fair, they will always question the results,” Cutler said. “The residents of the Commonwealth deserve to be able to trust their public officials, and when that trust is destroyed, the official must be dismissed.”
    From Representative Bryan Cutler’s website post calling for the impeachment of District Judge Kelly Ballentine (click here).
    Stedman1     I certainly hope Cutler is also calling for the dismissal of DA Craig Stedman, because he obstructed justice and gave outrageous preferential treatment to Cutler’s step brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis. What a hypocrite!
         See “ABSOLUTE OVERKILL” two posts down on this site for G. Scott Davis’ charges and treatment compared to the participants in the Easter shooting tragedy of a child in Lancaster.
    Please check back later today.

  • LNP: RAPING THE PUBLIC!

    Posted on June 11th, 2014 Becky 11 comments

    UNBELIEVABLE GREED!

         The Lancaster Newspapers and High Industries (Penn Square Partners) have not signed on the dotted line of Commissioner Scott Martin’s Convention Center financing plan.  This is unbelievable greed!  Robert Field of NewsLanc.com even talks about a boycott of LNP (click here).
    Please check back later today.

  • WHITE FOLKS ONLY!

    Posted on March 19th, 2014 Becky 7 comments

    LNP: THEY HAVE KEPT
    LANCASTER IN THE 1960’S

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         The mission of the foundations has always been to improve the quality of life for people who live here.
    From today’s front-page, lead story in the print edition by Susan Baldrige, “Steinman family foundations merge, form one of the largest philanthropic forces in Lancaster County,” (click here). 
         No, Susan, you got that wrong.  Their mission has always been to improve the quality of life for white folks and white folks only. In the 2001 special print edition of the Lancaster Independent Press covering the Lancaster Lynching, I called for the newspapers to give $5,000,000 of their millions back to minority causes in Lancaster to make up for the harm they have done.  Today, that figure should be $25,000,000.
    Please check back later today.

  • A SMALL CONSOLATION?

    Posted on January 17th, 2013 Becky No comments

     A TALE OF TWO MURDERS

                                                  

         On July 27th, 2012, the police and the district attorney’s office held a press conference to announce they had arrested Damien Rayon Barnhill, the alleged killer of his roommate three days before, Rouit Bahadur.

        A 15 minute and nine second video accompanies the LNP article, “Police charge roommate in Lancaster city killing,” (click here).  District Attorney Craig Stedman and Police Chief Keith Sadler make some amazing statements in the press conference that eerily reflect back two months prior to the May 16th unsolved murder of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor in her West Vine Street home. 
         Three of those statements are transcribed below.  I’ll come back to these tomorrow.
     
         At 6:56 into the video, District Attorney Craig Stedman states:
     
         Obviously there has to be a pretty substantial reason for somebody to take a meat cleaver to somebody’s head and face repeatedly. I mean it’s absolutely a brutal crime.  The pictures are difficult to look at – and you know, we’re sitting here doing a press conference about something – what we forget is somebody lost their life. It was taken from him unrighteously, criminally and we’ve got to make sure that we follow through and he can’t ever do this to anybody else again and he suffers the consequences for his decisions.
     
          At 9:28 into the video, DA Stedman says:
     
         We had substantial evidence independent of his confession that he was responsible for this. I mentioned the shoes. I mentioned the clean-up. This wasn’t a break-in, there was no forced entry, there was nothing… his wallet was there – the money wasn’t taken so you didn’t have a robbery.  You know there were a small number of suspects here so he was obviously one of them.
     
          At 10:10 into the video Police Chief Keith Sadler says: 
     

          He was 59 years old.  He was going to turn 60 I believe this weekend and it’s a small consolation to the victim’s family but at least we can do this much and apprehend somebody. Apparently they were planning a celebration for his birthday, so If you think of how horrible that is… the fact that the man was an average citizen, working, making a living like everybody else and had his like taken away from him.  So it’s a small consolation to the family but at least they know that his killer is not out there walking around.

  • REFLECTING THE COMMUNITY? – 2

    Posted on December 30th, 2012 Becky 6 comments

     DIVERSITY OF LANCASTER?

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         “Philadelphia is a very diverse community, and that was part of the attraction to Lancaster,” said Sadler, whose wife is Puerto Rican. He said he was impressed with the diversity of Lancaster during the five visits he has made to the city in recent months.
    Police Chief Keith Sadler quoted in a Lancaster Newspaper article from April 2, 2008, “New city chief was easy pick,” (click here).

         This could only happen because of the Lancaster Newspapers and their racist owners, the Steinman family.  Yes, when you walk the streets of Lancaster there is tremendous diversity.  In fact, according to the last census, “minorities” are the majority of Lancaster City residents.
         Can you imagine what a child thinks when he sees this picture of the Lancaster Police “Honor Guard?”  This is America in 2012!
         There will be much more in the weeks to come on the Steinman family and the Lancaster Newspapers.  The public assumes that the news media is inherently good, decent and fair and strives to improve the lives of all of its readers.  That is not the case in Lancaster. 
         Click here for the initial “REFLECTING THE COMMUNITY?”
     
    [Editor’s note:  I said Lancaster’s top ten best and worst list of 2012 would come today.  I am still working on it and hopefully will post it tomorrow.]
  • AND POLICE CHIEF SADLER!

    Posted on December 2nd, 2012 Becky 10 comments

     HOLD SWITZER ACCOUNTABLE!

         Over the past five years, there have been 30 homicides in the city; 22 have been solved, Switzer said.
    Lancaster Captain of Detectives Kent Switzer quoted in today’s front page article, “25 years after Carrie Marshall’s murder, a family lives with pain, seeks answer,” (click here).
         Captain Switzer can’t count and he can’t solve murders.  There are nine listed under the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above on this site.  That list is from the day Keith Sadler was sworn in as the Chief of Police on April 23, 2008. 
       If you go back five years, you can add Juan Marquez to the list.  He was shot and killed less than a month before Sadler became the Chief on March 16, 2008.  His murder has never been solved.  And if you add three days from today’s date to the five years, you can add Juan Lopez to the list of unsolved murders.  He was shot and killed in his business on December 5, 2007.
         I don’t know about Switzer’s figure of 30 total murders but I will check on it as LNP reporter Dan Nephin should have done with the unsolved murders.  He could check his own newspaper – click here for a “slideshow” of unsolved county murders since 1992 published on April 3, 2011. 
         Please note that of the vast majority that occurred in the city, the caption directs anyone with information to call Captain of Detectives Kent Switzer!  And it was six months ago when I was on the phone with Chief Sadler about the unsolved murder of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor that he told me the detectives work on the unsolved murders every single day.  But there has not been a single arrest in any one of these cases since that phone call.  And Erma Kaylor’s brutal, horrific murder remains unsolved as well.

           This is outrageous and unacceptable! 
         Tomorrow, what Mayor Richard Gray said – or actually didn’t say – about accepting the District Attorney’s offer of help from his detectives to bring a fresh set of eyes to the case and assist in getting Erma Kaylor’s killer off the streets of Lancaster.
         Today’s article does do an excellent job of relaying the incredible suffering, pain and long term affects such a murder has on a  family.  It is heart breaking.  Solve this murder and give this family some peace!
         The Police Chief and the Lancaster Detectives need to be held accountable for their absolutely dismal record of solvinig murders and crimes.  This must stop!  Each detective’s record must be reviewed and if it shows they are not performing on an acceptable level, they need to be let go and replaced with a trained professional who can do the job.
       Let’s start with Police Chief Keith Sadler and Captain of Detectives Kent Switzer.
  • * 50 YEARS BEHIND THE TIMES!

    Posted on November 8th, 2012 Becky 7 comments

    * Making phone call this afternoon.  Back tomorrow.


         The problem is, the Lancaster Newspapers don’t reflect in any way, shape or form, the changing population!  These racist papers are 50 years or more behind the times!
    Please check back later today.

  • WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH…

    Posted on April 3rd, 2012 Becky 7 comments

    LNP LIES!
       

        There is a lot of talk this election season about living in a “bubble.” If you live in Lancaster County there is no question you are living in a bubble – a bubble created by the Lancaster Newspapers. The bubble includes among too many items to list:
    – There is no corruption in Lancaster.  None!
    – Our Judges are honest, decent and fair.
    – There is no racial discrimination in hiring at the Lancaster Newspapers.
    – Our police officers are doing a great job!
    – There are not an outrageous number of unsolved murders in this county.
    – Our courts are fee of racial prejudice – as is the police department, the prison and the DA’s office – and actually, anything you can possibly name.
    – This is a conservative, religious and peaceful county.
    – Our coroner always tells the truth and nothing but the truth.
    – This county does not have enough shopping centers.
    – The convention center was absolutely necessary to revitalize downtown Lancaster and it’s working!
        The Lancaster Newspapers control the bubble. But, gasp, it’s about to burst because it just can’t hold all of the lies!
    Please check back later today.

  • A MADE-UP STUDY! – 3

    Posted on March 29th, 2012 Becky 1 comment

    TRUTH AND JUSTICE?
        It was one Millersville University student doing a term paper. Yes, that is the truth behind Jack Brubaker’s referring to a “Millersville University study” and referring to the University repeatedly in his story (see “A MADE-UP STUDY!” 1 and 2 below).
        We assume, trust and hope that all newspapers and their owners, editors and reporters seek truth and justice and are ethical.
        They aren‘t, though, and it’s a difficult and terrible lesson to accept.
        The Steinman family has owned the Lancaster Newspapers for years. Prior to the FCC forcing them to sell WGAL-TV and the WLAN radio station, they had an absolute monopoly on all the news distributed to the public in Lancaster County.
        And the Steinman family are racists – plain and simple. And when I say racist – I mean old time segregationists to the core. And that has been reflected in their newspapers for over 75 years and directly reflected in Lancaster County being one of the most racist and segregated counties in this country.

  • A MADE-UP STUDY! – 2

    Posted on March 29th, 2012 Becky No comments

                  IT TAKES A UNIVERSITY?

          Key words: “conducted by Lancaster New Era”
        To be valid, any “careful examination” would need to be done by someone (anyone?) not from Lancaster. Preferably the FBI. Maybe when they are done in Sanford, FL?
    This comment in under “A MADE-UP STUDY!” immediately below.
       
    Yes, of course you are right, but in this case I’m actually going for the other partner in the “study.” Again, the fourth paragraph of the article states this:

        These are some of the conclusions of a careful examination of criminal sentencing in Lancaster County conducted by the Lancaster New Era and Millersville University.
       
    So, what part do you believe “Millersville University” played in this? Which department at Millersville? How many professors were involved? How many students? What kind of “study” did they do?  Where was it published?

        You aren’t going to believe this…
    Please check back later today.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON RACISM AT LNP!

    Posted on March 28th, 2012 Becky No comments

    FORTY YEARS
    BEHIND THE TIMES!

        The Rev. Edward Bailey, a local African-American minister at the Bethel AME Church in Lancaster, wore a hoodie while walking in his neighborhood Tuesday.   And he had a different reaction when he saw a white woman walking toward him.
        Sometimes he will cross the street to avoid seeing a white person tighten up and avoid eye contact with him, he said.
        Not this time.
        “I had to tell myself I’m not crossing the street. There is no reason I should cross the street,” he said. “Today I said, ‘Good morning,’ and kept on walking.”
    From today’s front page article by Cindy Stauffer, titled “Spotlight on hoodies” online but in the print edition titled “Hoodies can’t hide,” (click here).
        Seriously? This is 2012! Seriously?
        On a Tuesday morning in his own neighborhood?
        This is a direct result of the blatant racism at the Lancaster Newspapers.
        This is a direct result.
    Please check back later today!

  • WAS HE PUSHED? WHO MURDERED MARTINEZ?

    Posted on March 16th, 2012 Becky 1 comment

    I REMEMBER EPHIE!

        I was going to address this sentence from the NewsLanc.com “Watchdog” piece on the Sunday News’ “Justice Delayed” series today (click here) and then something remarkable happened…
        Having the name Steinman at the top of the masthead should assure the integrity of reporting that Lancaster experienced over the families[sic] illustrious stewardship, apart from the regrettable Convention Center anomaly.
       
    …I received this email late yesterday from an old Lancaster friend:

        Do you remember Ephie? The one that the police said jumped off the Prince Street Garage? My mom told me something before she passed – my uncle told her that he didn’t think that Ephie jumped. He thought he was pushed. Ephie had no reason to jump off the garage as the day before he had purchased a plane ticket to move to California just that morning. He said he knew this because he called my uncle. This is only hearsay. I am telling you this in confidence. Please do not use my name if you use this information as it may be deadly because the police may be involved.
        Yes, I remember John Dingle, known as Ephie. I remember Ephie very well. I spoke with his mother at the time he died. No one thought he jumped off the Prince Street Garage. Everyone thought he was pushed. Everyone in the minority community believed the police pushed Ephie off the Prince Street Garage.
    Please check back tomorrow.

  • 2011 IN REVIEW!

    Posted on January 1st, 2012 Becky 5 comments

    THE BEST!

    1. Randolph Carney
    2. Charlie Crystle
    3. Lancaster County Detective Joseph P. Geesey retiring. There is not one good thing about this man and any of his prosecutions must be questioned.
    4. Lady Gaga. Maybe she can clean up this town.
    5. The contributors and commenters to this site and other Lancaster forums. You are the best!
    6. My Facebook friends and special friends – Jodi, Barb and Patty. And to Jeffrey and Carl Cooper – I am sorry I have lost touch and will correct that in the upcoming year. To Bob and Bob – friends from college that I have reconnected with – you were and remain the best! I had really good taste many years ago.
    7. My son and my sister.
        Well, unfortunately, that about sums up the good. The Penn State scandal, of course, tops both lists. I feel such empathy for the victims – but they were incredibly brave – and it has been a watershed story for victims of sexual abuse everywhere.

    THE WORST!


    1. The Lancaster City Police Department. Multiple unsolved murders, racism – and thus a community that rightfully doesn’t respect or trust them – a man dying in a police holding cell, a man shot in the back twice and mug shots of suspects who have been obviously beaten. They need to be investigated by the U.S. Justice Department.
    2. Prison Warden Vincent Guarini. In any other town, with any other news organization in that town, he would have been gone years ago. He’s a liar. He lied directly to me. He is costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and bringing heartbreak to multiple families. He must go!
    3. The Lancaster Newspapers. Because of their journalistic failures, the above two travesties of justice have been allowed to continue. And they are the main contributors to the next two on the list.
    4. The Convention Center brought to you by the Lancaster Newspapers. Go to Plan B and do it now! Is there a Plan B? Start working on it now and run LNP out of town and replace them with a legitimate news organization.
    5. The survelliance cameras – also brought to you by the Lancaster Newspapers. No one knows who owns them, who is monitoring them or what is being done with the tapes. And taxpayer money is being used to fund them. This is unacceptable – plain and simple.
    6. Blatant racism in hiring by the Lancaster Newspapers. The city is now more than 50% “minority” and they have one on their editorial staff of more than 100 people. Those responsible should be fined and jailed. They are breaking a 40 year old federal law and it’s time they were held accountable.
    7. Mayor Rick Gray.
    8. Commissioner Scott Martin.
    9. Sunday News editor “Marvelous” Marv Adams.
    10. Lancaster County Judges – President Judge Joseph Madenspacher, Dennis Reinaker and David Ashworth to name three. And let’s not forget District Judges Isaac Stoltzfus and Kelly Ballentine.

        I will go into much more detail on some of the items in the good and bad list tomorrow – I am rushing today to catch the Eagles game! No – I’m not – that’s a bad joke. But I do have some pork to eat.
        Have a great New Year’s Day and please check back tomorrow.

  • ONCE A DIRTY COP… – 2

    Posted on December 1st, 2011 Becky 1 comment

    LANCASTER LYNCHING

        I learned today that Lancaster County Detective Joseph P. Geesey will retire at the end of this year. He is 75-years-old. I hope to give him a very uneasy retirement. No one is more deserving.
        The Lancaster Police Department has been dirty for years, and I will come back to their latest unconstitutional act tomorrow. Today, click here for this article from February 3 of 2010, “ONCE A DIRTY COP…”

  • * PERFECTLY SAFE?

    Posted on November 4th, 2011 Becky 11 comments

    * I was going to rant and rave this afternoon – but then I was dumbstruck by one of the dumbest and longest headlines I have seen in recent memory – courtesy of WGAL-TV: “Church Won’t Be Fined For Not Demolishing Church After City Denies Demolition Permit,” (click here).
        The headline tells it all and apparently they are at a total deadlock!  How will they break it?   Wow, I need a drink after that!  Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow!
     

    THE MOTHER OF HYPOCRITES