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  • * LNP GOES GRAY!

    Posted on October 22nd, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    FEELINGS…

    *    To “Frank Lee” who has always questioned how Mayor Gray has improved the quality of life in Lancaster – here is your answer! This is from the LNP video under their story, “Mayor Rick Gray says he accepts his Governor’s Award on behalf of Lancaster’s artists,” (click here):
         There was always a big art community in Lancaster. What it’s done – it’s a – you know people – when you talk about the quality of life, if people are surrounded with beauty, with public art, with galleries – it raises their expectations, it raises their feelings about their community and about their city.

    PATTING EACH
    OTHER’S BACKS!

         That connection and outreach is at the crux of Gray’s contributions, longtime friend Robert L. Pfannebecker says:
         …A local lawyer and internationally known collector of contemporary American crafts, Pfannebecker says Gray and her husband, who became Lancaster mayor in 2006, have used their visibility to continue their work as strong proponents of Lancaster arts.
    From the LNP article, “Gail Gray to be honored for leadership at Governor’s Awards for the Arts,” (click here).
          Pfannebecker (pictured far left) has been the city’s solicitor since 2006 and is currently fighting NewsLanc.com editor Robert Field’s Right to Know request for city documents regarding the CRIZ and LNP and the Marriott! Of course, LNP doesn’t tell us that!
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * APPLY THE LAW EQUALLY!

    Posted on October 20th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    INSTALL LOCKERS
    IN THE COURTHOUSE!

         A bail bondsman put up $20,000 in surety bonds for Melvin Hartman so he is out of jail and out about $2,000 already (see his docket below the comment). That is because while prices vary, most bail bondsmen charge roughly 10% of the bail amount and they keep that no matter what.
         This is regarding the arrest and charges filed against Melvin Hartman and the LNP story, “Martic Township man charged with using ‘pen’ to take audio, video recordings at courthouse,” (click here).
         A commenter on Lancaster Online under the article posted one of the best things I have read regarding the related issue of the “cell phone ban” in the courthouse. I also spoke with a lawyer a while back who felt the court should absolutely provide lockers. And as the commenter points out – this goes directly to the physical safety of many people. Something needs to be done! (I have broken it into several paragraphs for easier reading and the docket is below).      
         I’ve often asked, “Why if you can’t bring a cell phone into the courthouse’s proceedings don’t they have lockers to put them into in the lobby that people would feed money into for the convenience, the courthouse would turn a profit, it would discourage downtown vehicle break ins, and people wouldn’t be totally pissed when they showed up with a cell phone out of the ignorance of not knowing the newest set of rules?”
         Why, because its just one more way to control people. I mean, as a driver, it’s inconvenient to leave my phone in the car where it could be broken into and stolen, but like most people these days, EVERYTHING is on my phone…..my calendar, my contact numbers, my email, my ability to communicate…… BUT I seriously feel for the pedestrians of the city, who have no car to leave their phone in, and end up having to leave home without it due to having nowhere to leave it when they enter the courthouse…..no way for schools or babysitters to reach parents in an emergency, no way to get calls from family, jobs, no way for a woman with a PFA attending court that day to call someone for help if she encounters the person she is seeking protection from who is also going to the courthouse for the same hearing, etc. 
         If the courthouse is going to impose these rules on the general public, then they should make accommodations such as lockers to be available to the public as well.
         If I had the money, I would apply for a permit and post lockers somewhere close to the courthouse and sit back collecting locker fees just like parking meters!

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    *     I am always so impressed as to how insightful the LNP Editorial Board is, and how they know how to resolve any issue that a School Board faces. They have ALL of the answers. I would love to know if any of them have ever been elected to a public office and have the responsibility that they are always so very quick to criticize.
    Manheim Township School Board President Mark Anderson posting under today’s LNP editorial, “School District of Lancaster officials get a “needs improvement” grade for handling of problematic principal,” (click here).

    Cassidy

         I love it! Keep going after them, Mark! Suzanne Cassidy, the opinion editor, has proven herself to be a despicable liar, hypocrite and fraud. And yes, 22-year-old Alex Geli, who first worked for LNP in sports, then as an editorial writer and now as an education “reporter,” certainly has years of experience and insight into knowing how principals and School Boards should act. And don’t get me started on “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige, who according to the editorial gave Geli “an assist.” Well, actually see immediately below!

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    WHY HASN’T THE
    RECORDER BEEN CHARGED?

         “Surreptitious recording of any conversation is a violation of The Wiretap Act and is punishable criminally,” said President Judge Dennis Reinaker in an email Thursday.
    From the LNP article, “Martic Township man charged with using ‘pen’ to take audio, video recordings at courthouse,” (click here).        
         So why hasn’t the person who secretly taped the executive session of the Manheim Township School Board and gave it to LNP been charged? You mean these seasoned detectives can’t figure it out? Why not?      From an entry in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP that involves the illegal recording and lists emails between then Superintendent John Nodecker and LNP’s Susan Baldrige (click here).
         And the evidence is pointing more and more toward Baldrige knowing full well who made the illegal recording and possibly encouraging the person to do so. If she did encourage the illegal recording, will she be charged with a felony count of conspiracy?
    There will be much more later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – SO MANY ANTS – SO LITTLE TIME!

    Posted on October 19th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    PUT STEDMAN IN JAIL!

         It is important that this story gets statewide attention as it is so disturbing in our free society where open courtrooms are at the core of our justice system. Two felonies and $20,000 cash bail for this man? And District Attorney Craig Stedman wants to be a Superior Court Judge? Absolutely not! Put him in jail for filing false and senseless charges!

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    **  When I first read about the “Livescribe pen” in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP, I thought someone might try this at the courthouse (click here for the article on this site).  Apparently someone did!
         Two felonies? $20,000 cash bail!
         The last time I was at the courthouse and tired of paying $10.00 a day for a law firm to hold my phone and not being able to contact anyone the whole day long; and seeing LNP reporter Jonas Fortune sitting in the courthouse hallway with a cell phone and a laptop, I went into court administration and asked about an exemption to the cell phone ban. Their answer still astonishes me and I will no longer accept it!    

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    $20,000 CASH BAIL!

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

         This is unbelievable. Melvin Hartman’s bail is $20,000 cash! Have these people lost their minds? What is happening in this country? Will the ACLU get involved?

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    YOU’RE THE BOSS?

    (Click here)

         Do you like your boss? Are you good friends with your boss? Have you ever worked anywhere where everyone loves the boss? Do you talk about your boss behind his or her back? Do you tell your boss to his or her face that you think they are the scum of the earth or do you praise them hoping for a promotion and a raise? Are all Marines mean all the time?
         Do you think Alex Geli likes all of his bosses? Do you think he is being taught good journalism at LNP? Do you think he has carefully read their journalism code of ethics? Does LNP have a code of ethics?
         So many questions – so little time!
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE * ALLEGED INAPPROPRIATE VERBAL STATEMENT

    Posted on October 18th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    BALDRIGE TAUGHT GELI!

            Let’s just say that now LNP “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige taught now education reporter Alex Geli when she was an English teacher at Penn Manor High School. Sigh! I warned you once before, Alex! Get the heck out of LNP!
         There will be more tomorrow.

    ALBATWITCH & HINKLE’S!

         Some days you have to have some fun and good news in between the gloom and doom. And the guy behind the Columbia Spy is serving it up! Who knew the Albatwitch liked apples? (Click here for a fun story and fantastic pictures!)
         And do you see the “Hinkle’s” sign behind the Albatwitch hunter in the above photo? Yes, the Columbia Spy has good news about that as well. It will be purchased and remain as a restaurant! Wonderful news (click here). Will they serve the Albatwitch apples?

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    *    The first is pursuing NewsLanc’s right to obtain the files pertaining to the $9 million CRIZ award for the Marriott Hotel expansion. The State agreed we were entitled to the information and told the City to hand over the files. The City is using taxpayer money to appeal the state’s decision through the court system and thus conceal the actions of Mayor Richard Gray and his administration. NewsLanc will absorb the costs, from $10,000 to $20,000, to pursue our rights and  the rights of the citizenry to know what has been going on behind the scenes.
    By Robert Field of NewsLanc.com (click here).
         Robert is keeping his promise and he has hired a Philadelphia Law Firm to represent him in the city’s appeal. The city is paying the Lancaster firm of Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert, LLP trying to keep these documents from the public (see below). I will follow this and also put in a Right to Know request for how much the city is paying their law firm trying to keep these documents a secret from the public.
         Where is your coverage, LNP? Oh, that’s right – you are half of the Penn Square Partners and you are trying to keep these documents from the public as well! Unbelievable!

    JIMENEZ DENIES
    MAKING THE STATEMENT

          You can watch last night’s SDoL School Board meeting, where in the first two minutes they address the Bill Jimenez issue (click here). He has resigned. From the board:
         Last Thursday, just five days ago, the school district received a report of an alleged, inappropriate verbal statement by Dr. Jimenez to a staff member that had reportedly occurred near the start of this school year.
         They went on to say that his replacement job offer was withdrawn by the board yesterday and while “Dr. Jimenez denies having made the alleged statement,” he has resigned.
         You can also read LNP “reporter” Alex Geli’s account (pictured left) where he actually found some people who liked and respected Jimenez – click here for, “McCaskey High School Principal Bill Jimenez, recently placed on paid leave, resigns.”        
    Note:  I will be squishing Geli like an ant later today!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LNP GOES REALLY LOW!

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    SQUISHING ANTS
    & VOTE FOR CINDY!

        

         @Frank Lee…I agree with your assessment 100%. Same Ole, Same Ole Sorace is a Gray clone with LESS intellect than he has…that does not bode well for the future. Her GOP challenger seems to be mailing it in. Dastra, regardless of his worthiness, cannot win as a 3rd party outsider with little or no backing. This race was decided when the City Dems endorsed Danene. I hope they will be held accountable later but it is unlikely.
    This comment in under “AND CHRISTINA HARTMAN!” below.
         I agree about Tony Dastra. As much as I appreciate him live-streaming city council and other meetings, he can’t possibly win. I do hope he runs for city council the next time a seat is open.
         Please don’t split the vote in November as the Democrats did in the primary when Kevin Ressler and Norman Colon split the vote so Sorace won. If you are unhappy with what has happened under Mayor Gray and Sorace, then vote for Cindy Stewart. I agree she is a very long shot but if nothing else, it will let people know that they are not satisfied with what has been going on for years in the city – with money being poured into the six block magazine section only and crime being virtually ignored.
         One quick note about this morning’s piece – there was this in the LNP story on McCaskey principal Jimenez where they are quoting an unnamed retired SDoL teacher who didn’t want her name used because she still substitutes in the district:
         She said that those who fell in line with Jimenez’s orders were his “henchmen.” Another popular term among teachers was “FOB” — Friends of Bill. If Jimenez’s “friends” would catch another teacher speaking out against the principal, there would be consequences.
         Obviously there are those who like Jimenez and there was not a single quote from anyone who does. That is outrageous and why I call it a character assassination piece. Unbelievable! And to put “He’ll squish you like an ant” in the headline is totally over-the-top and inappropriate! Does anyone at LNP know what they are doing?
     
    *    This press release just in from Christina Hartman’s campaign. Dump the schmuck, Lloyd!

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    CHARACTER ASSASSINATION!

    (Click here for the “insider” story online.)

         LNP, desperate for answers regarding the strange happenings with McCaskey Principal Bill Jimenez, take a really low road! They name exactly one former teacher in this article and one parent who has two sons in the district.
         Talk about character assassination! Wow! LNP’s journalism standards have been thrown out the window.
    Please check back later today.

  • AND CHRISTINA HARTMAN!

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 Becky 6 comments

    DEBATES & FORUMS

         The election is only a few weeks away and it has been so quiet. I found this list of candidate forums for mayor on Republican Cindy Stewart’s Facebook page. I will try to find out more and if any will be live-streamed/recorded for the public to view.

         And Christina Hartman is doing well in her race against the Schmuck according to the below press release received today. Go Christina, go!

  • ASTOUNDING CORRUPTION!

    Posted on October 14th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    LAW & ORDER (& CUSTODY)

         A couple more notes today:
    —  You should really watch the city council meeting where the police requested a special security zone around the police station and city council candidate Ismail Smith-Wade-El’s response (click here and he actually mentions the NAACP). I was in Lancaster on Wednesday and went by the police station twice and I did not see a single person loitering or hanging out anywhere near the station. Not a single soul. I also went into the station since I have not been inside since they installed the bullet proof glass. Let’s just say I was not greeted warmly (they had no idea who I was) and the bullet proof glass goes to within about four or five inches of the ceiling.
    —  Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler may be leaving Lancaster because there is a new mayor coming in – but it also occurred to me it may also be because of his part in retired Philadelphia police officer Sterling Staton’s lawsuit against the city and officer Todd Dickinson. Apparently Sadler used his remaining influence with the Philadelphia police department to bad mouth Staton to support his officers. The corruption in Lancaster is astounding! I received and responded to a subpoena regarding Staton’s lawsuit two weeks ago and there will be an update on this site shortly.


    —  Gerald Green has requested the court end his custody complaint against his ex-wife Amber Martin who is now married to State Senator Scott Martin. If you recall, there was a huge, contentious fight between the attorneys in the complaint and it was reported exclusively on this site.

     
    —  They snuck this plea in on a Friday afternoon (click here for the press release on the District Attorney’s CrimeWatch website). President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s comments do not bode well for Marquell Rentas who was also involved and it looks like another young black man will be spending most of his life behind bars. Where is the NAACP? There will be more on these cases tomorrow.


    —  The residents of Columbia are trying to do something about their crime situation (click here for the Columbia Spy article). Good for them! Why isn’t anyone in Lancaster demanding that the mayor and city council address the unsolved murders and crimes?

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * WHY DOESN’T LNP TACKLE THE TRUTH?

    Posted on October 13th, 2017 Becky 17 comments

    ROTH’S WRATH,
    GARY HART & MARRIAGE!

          A couple of notes to finish up the week:
    —  I was going to apologize to District Judge Bruce Roth but his comment about my father was so crass and out-of-line that I will not. And I’m not sure that because a 20-year-old says he’s homeless and jail would make him feel safe, that means we put him there! There must be other options for this struggling young adult.
         I’m also concerned about Roth’s office telling me twice that I need a full-time job to post bail and I wonder if they are doing that to discourage individuals from posting bail and having to do the paperwork. Having only one individual posting bail in five years that was not through a bail bondsman is unacceptable and I plan to look into it further.
         And thank you to the caller the other night who really, really doesn’t like Roth. Keep the calls coming!
    —  Some good Friday news – you may have noticed in the comments on this site that Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler’s ex-wife and author of a book about him has a new name! She got remarried! Congratulations!
    —  And there simply are no words for LNP failing to inform the public about the alleged domestic violence by Sadler and removing his ex-wife, Rosaura T. Thomas’ comments under their stories and removing anyone’s comment that mentioned domestic violence. As I’ve said many times, they are a complete disgrace to journalism and the public.
    —  And that brings me to The Caucus and what a joke it is. I am republishing the below comment that came into this site because this person nails it! My only disagreement – LNP did have a Gary Hart sort of story – and, as you said – totally ignored it and kept it from the public. That would be State Senator Scott Martin with his secret divorce, secret remarriage, secret divorce again and then marrying the county treasurer. But Martin helped them out with their convention center/hotel and who knows when they might need his help again? Everyone in Harrisburg needs to know what a greedy, lying and disgusting company LNP really is!
    ***
          I think I can answer your last question regarding why the “Caucus” addresses trivialities in the larger scheme of things, and won’t dare touch anything of meaning and importance: From all outward appearances, and knowing what we do about the incestuous financial relationships LNP has with certain newsmakers…and lawmakers, it looks as if the Caucus was specifically and strategically set up to 1. make it look like the parent company is, actually, a “news” organization, when it is not (i.e. to try to hide those incestuous conflicts of interest and; 2) and more importantly, to curry favor with lawmakers from outside Lancaster County that they do not yet have relationships with currently, but will need to cultivate as their avarice and greed only grows. They can accomplish that by pissing off and outing piddly lawmakers whose vote they do not need, to the delight and glee of the rest…who matter to them.
         It is just drawing their power and corruption into a wider net, while trying to fool the public into thinking they are a serious, unbiased news organization. I promise you that if one were to gift them with a, say, Gary Hart type story about Lloyd Smucker (I am just using that as an example), the girl would still be sitting in his lap while they cover copy machines. This strategy also helps should they face legal scrutiny or any other kind of oversight for some of their boneheaded, if not downright unethical, immoral or illegal, actions over the past few years. Call it a preemptive strike.
     

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    **   The LNP article on the police station, “Lancaster City Council hears concerns about police station security zone, lead-paint inspections,” is here. But LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher is a liar and you can watch this on Tony Dastra’s “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).

    *    LNP has made the Sadler story an “insider” article online – click here.

    HOW MANY MORE
    LIES FROM GRAY?

         Below: An article on Police Chief Keith Sadler from today’s LNP print edition, next to it the article on the police requesting a “safety zone,” an online petition to fire Lancaster City Police Officer Todd Dickinson (click here) and a quote from Mayor Gray from the article on Sadler.

             

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – HITTING BELOW THE BELT!

    Posted on October 12th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    TERRIBLE LIARS!

         As to District Judge Bruce Roth’s assertion yesterday that I am a terrible reporter, with all due respect, I disagree and state that the LNP reporters and editors are far, far worse. I strive to tell the truth. I am not swayed by money and keeping Mayor Gray in office and in the public’s good graces because he is going to obtain millions of dollars in taxpayer monies for me.
         And to yesterday’s story on Police Chief Sadler leaving, I am reprinting my post about LNP’s opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy’s first editorial after her promotion in September of 2014 (the original is here).  
         There will be more tomorrow. The headline to the below was “A TERRIBLE, LYING START…”

    —   I received an email with a link to this petition today (click here).

    **** They added the below charge yesterday and “criminal mischief.” Surely they can find some more charges to add – five might not be enough to put him in jail for a couple of years!

    ***  Shaw-Cannon is still in jail and they increased his bail and added two new charges at his preliminary hearing yesterday (see below). Unbelievable. Under the original article, a commenter said on this site, “It’s Lancaster and he’s black. If he was white, the cops would have sent him on his way.”
         This has reached a level of absurdity and it is disgusting and I will continue to follow his case.

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    **   Delonte Shaw-Cannon is either very mentally ill or an actor. He confirmed that he told District Judge Bruce Roth at his arraignment that he was homeless and jail was the only place he would feel safe. And Roth obliged and sent him to jail.
          He changed his mind yesterday at his preliminary hearing. He wanted to leave jail and stay with his mother. When I left court yesterday, the Judge and his public defender, Courtney Monson, were trying to call his mother to see if she agreed.
         But Shaw-Cannon also stated that while in jail someone was using “mind control” on him and he had thoughts of “committing murders and raping.” He also said he had “weird dreams” of committing almost all the crimes you can imagine and then ended with “touching himself.” He said someone was “invading his mind.”
         Someone needs to give this 20-year-old a mental evaluation stat to see if this is true or if he is playing games with the court!

    *     I am not going to revisit the incest story. I will simply republish this email I sent to my brothers and sisters on May 2, 2002 (it and another email are published on the original LIP News website – click here) and then I will move on to why Delonte Shaw-Cannon wanted to go to jail.

          I understand that our family has been keeping yet another secret.  Tom molested his own brother Steve and you knew.  I think it would have been nice if someone had told me before I sent my son to Canada for a week by himself.  Very nice.
        I come from a normal, nice home, but I have a brother who molested his younger brother (by the way that’s a CRIME) and his “foster” brother.  But let’s keep that a secret so everyone thinks we’re the nice, normal family that’s better than everyone else because our father is a PROFESSOR.
        And you are surprised that my therapist immediately saw sexual abuse – and you say it couldn’t have been our father.  I wonder what other secrets are out there.
        Why didn’t you ever suggest to your twin that he gets help – before he lands in jail.  Shit, the Catholic Church has nothing on the Holzinger family.

    THE WRATH OF ROTH – 2

         “Your father was a wonderful man,” District Judge Bruce Roth told me in open court yesterday.
         Roth attended Franklin & Marshall College for two years.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** BEFORE THE NEW MAYOR FIRES HIM!

    Posted on October 11th, 2017 Becky 15 comments

    THE WRATH OF ROTH!

          District Judge Bruce Roth announced in open court this afternoon that he expects a full apology from me and that I am the worst reporter ever!  And then he took a very cheap shot. Details will come tomorrow!
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    **   The first comment under the story on Lancaster Online is below. Is that ever correct! Unbelievable!

    * THE STORY IS NOW ONLINE – CLICK HERE. 

     *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    SADLER LEAVING!

              

         Mayor Gray stated at last night’s city council meeting that Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler is leaving (the LNP story shown above is in this morning’s print edition and not currently online).      You can watch last night’s meeting on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).

  • * UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** ABSOLUTELY NOTHING NEW HERE!

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    —  Making phone call this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    ISN’T THAT CONVENIENT?

         If the invoice remains unpaid we will file suit against Ms. Schmucker at the local Magisterial District Justice office.
         So, the law office of Scott E. Albert is threating to file a suit in Scott E. Albert’s District Justice office. Isn’t that convenient? See below.

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

      

         District Judge Scott E. Albert, pictured above right, has a private law practice (click here for his website). His office represented and then sued “Amish Mafia” star Esther Schmucker for non-payment.
          On August 4th of this year, he presided over the preliminary hearing for Schmucker’s boyfriend and abuser, Imir Williams. He should have recused himself. He will be reported to the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board. See below.

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    BLATANT ADS
    PRESENTED AS NEWS

    (Click here for the “insider” story online)

         This is nothing but an ad for Lloyd Smucker. There is nothing new in this article. Nice of Smucker to provide LNP the photos.

    (Click here)

         And here’s another ad by Tom Baldrige who pays himself $262,000 a year and whose wife is an “investigative reporter” for LNP and he broke the PA Ethics Code by voting to give LNP millions in CRIZ money. Nice, LNP! “Buy local.” There’s a new concept! There is absolutely nothing new in this blatant ad. You have to work harder to earn that $262,000, Tom!
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * LET’S GIVE HIM A CHANCE…

    Posted on October 9th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    ROTH: WORRIED
    ABOUT A BEAR!

    **   Oh, this is rich and just astoundingly ironic! District Judge Bruce Roth was very quick to comment under the LNP update story about a bear released from a cage in 2015 (click here)! Yes, worry about a bear and not a 20-year-old human being in a cage! Unbelievable!

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    FROM 20 TO 19

    *    Have you noticed the absolute lack of hard news in LNP, especially the print edition, since Tom Murse became their managing editor for news and sports? 
         And an actual good news story happened that got very little attention and I wonder why? That would be this from the District Attorney’s press release, “Grand Jury Leads to Charges against 2 Men in 2015 Homicide in Lancaster,” (click here).
         Two men have been charged with the murder of Edward Cameron on September 7, 2015. He was one of the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” under Mayor Gray under the above tab on this site and his name has been removed and the total is now nineteen.
         Did you forget that there was a grand jury empaneled by District Attorney Craig Stedman? That’s because we haven’t heard another word since March 8th, 2017 when there was one LNP article, “Unsolved murders get another look; Lancaster County district attorney calls grand jury to aid in investigations,” (click here).
         That is partly because everything with grand juries is “super secret” or so DA Stedman tells the public and generally that is true but not everything. There will be more to come on this: How many more unsolved murders will be solved, why did it take a grand jury to solve them, how much is this costing the public and why are there so many unsolved murders in Lancaster County in the first place? And why did they announce this case when DA spokesman Brett Hambright has stated in the past that even the cases where charges are brought are “secret?”       
     
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    TO TOUCH SOME
    MORE LITTLE GIRLS

          And to think they released him on bail!
         —  Probably gives him one last chance to touch another little girl before his court date buuuuut once again court system is a joke. Sick pedophile.
    Posted as a comment and then a response on Lancaster Online under the LNP story by Jennifer Todd, “Mount Joy man charged with sexually assaulting girl over period of several years,” (click here).
         From the article:
         The alleged assaults began in 2003, when the girl was 3 years old, and continued through 2012, according to an arrest affidavit. The alleged incidents took place at Spath’s home. 

    District Judge Scott Albert

         District Judge Scott E. Albert released this man on $100,000 unsecured bail. And look at the charges on his docket below – just one felony and one misdemeanor charge. They could have charged him for every time he allegedly touched her over the course of those nine years but they have only charged him once.
         A suburban, 70-year-old white man. It is nice to be white in Lancaster County.
        As the commenter said, maybe he’ll get to “touch” another little girl before his court date.
         And long time LNP reporter Todd doesn’t question it at all and will LNP’s editorial department write about this incredible miscarriage of justice and how we need to protect our children?
           He began when the girl was three. Absolutely horrific!
          And does bail mean anything in Lancaster County? Is it possible for a citizen to step in and post 20-year-old Delonte Shaw-Cannon’s 10% of $1,000 dollar bail to get him out of jail – or will District Judge Bruce Roth do everything in his power to impede it and does Shaw-Cannon really, really want to stay in Lancaster County Prison?
    Please see the stories immediately below and check back later today.   

  • HELPING TO KEEP “GALLERY ROW” WHITE?

    Posted on October 8th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    & JUDGE ROTH
    WANTS TO HELP
    HIM STAY IN JAIL!  

    (Click here)

         This has been a top story on Lancaster Online for several days now. The comments under it are a hoot!
          And the LNP “reporter” doesn’t include it, but Lancaster City is so welcoming it is also where 20-year-old men of color want to go to jail! Imagine that? That should be worth a mention!

  • *** – ** – * RAMPANT & OPEN CORRUPTION IN LANCASTER COUNTY!

    Posted on October 7th, 2017 Becky 16 comments

    *** Actually, Ronald Fantazier was free on bail from a previous charge when he was arrested for his 11th offense. So he broke his bail conditions – and he still got unsecured bail?

    HIS 11TH ARREST –
    UNSECURED BAIL!

     **   Ronald Earl Fantazier has a problem with theft. He has 10 separate charges since June of 2010. He was arrested again on September 28th and charged with a third degree felony for theft. What amount did District Judge Bruce Roth set as his bail? $5,000 unsecured. Unsecured bail! He is free as a bird! 
         So all those people who comment on this site about everything that is taken into consideration when a District Judge sets bail, including their criminal history, please tell me why this man’s bail, after 10 previous charges, is unsecured? Is it because he’s white?
          Please see the screenshots below.

    *    I have been checking bond requirements and I have not found one that mentions the requirement that the person posting the bail must have a full time job. This was the first thing District Judge Bruce Roth’s office asked me the two times I called last week about posting the bail for Delonte Shaw-Cannon. They stated I must have a full time job and be able to “prove” it (see the story immediately below on this site). Are they doing this to purposely “discourage” those who want to post bail?

    BREAKING THE CODE!

    Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth

    (Click here)

          How can Lancaster County District Judge Bruce A. Roth be a partner in a personal injury law firm (click here)?

     

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – HE IS SITTING IN A JAIL CELL…

    Posted on October 6th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    “HE WANTED
    TO GO TO JAIL!”

          “He wanted to go to jail,” I was told by Crystal in District Judge Bruce Roth’s office today about 20-year-old Delonte Shaw-Cannon.
         She would not give me the reason he apparently gave for wanting to go to jail.
         When I asked for specifics regarding paying the $100 dollars bail which is 10% of his $1,000 bail and providing proof that I have the full $1,000 should he default – she put me on hold and then came back and said she had been speaking with the Judge.
         She said the Judge stated I could not bail him out unless the defendant himself says he wants to be bailed out.
         This, of course, raises the question of whether a defendant can request jail. If the defendant met the guidelines to have been released on his own recognizance, or an unsecured amount of bail, can he “request” bail so he can go to jail?  If there is no legitimate legal reason for setting bail, why should the public pay to house and feed him? And can he refuse to be bailed out?
          And, of course, why in the world would this 20-year-old want to go to jail?
         And we never got to the bottom of what I would have to provide to bail him out – it stopped with the requirement that I have a full time job. I replied that I am retired. Believe it or not this stumped them and then I found out why. Crystal told me than in her five years in Judge Roth’s office they had only bailed out one individual. One person in five years.
         She did say that they have had bail bondsmen bail people out. After I talked to their office two days ago and I said I was in Philly and could not bring in cash that day (they do not take credit cards), they suggested I call a local bail bondsman. I called two in Lancaster. One said he could not help me and the other said he charges a minimum fee of $275 for his services.
         There are lots and lots of questions to be answered here and I will do my best in the coming days.

         ******

    TOTAL OVERREACTION!

    Shaw-Cannon’s mugshot

          Dissent — truly effective dissent — should be nonviolent, but nonviolent doesn’t mean comfortable. Peaceful doesn’t mean warm and fuzzy. And just because dissent risks overreaction by a king, a president, or a Republican state senator in Lancaster County, doesn’t mean government actors should give in to that temptation.
    From a column special to LNP by Ephrata attorney Mitchell Sommers, “King George tried to shut down dissent, and look how that worked out,” (click here).    
         Sommers is the only good thing in LNP and his column is well worth the read and to understand what State Senator Scott Martin is trying to do with his truly appalling Senate Bill #754.
         In the meantime, 20-year-old Delonte Shaw-Cannon sits in Lancaster County Prison for allegedly trying to burn an American flag in Penn Square (click here for the police press release). He is in prison. He is sitting in a jail cell at your expense. And no one is speaking up about it and the fact that racism is clearly involved in his case.
         I tried to bail him out from Philadelphia (his bail is set at 10% of $1,000). It’s not as easy as you think. 
    That and more will come later today.  

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LNP: TAKE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERIOUSLY!

    Posted on October 5th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER!

         It is never a good day when you have to call a lot of lawyers and know the odds of them actually speaking with you are below one percent – so:
    —  As noted below, I left a message with Luke Murray’s defense attorney.
    —  The woman who answered the phone in District Justice Jeffrey Mensch’s office said they have nothing to do with the charges being withdrawn. She said that if all the parties agreed to withdraw the charges then the Judge would do that. She suggested I call the District Attorney who was in their office on Tuesday for the preliminary hearing.
    —  Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Crossland was the prosecutor for the preliminary hearing and was not available when I called today and the woman who answered the phone indicated it was not likely he would call me back. I asked if I could call again tomorrow and she said that would be fine.
    —  I sent an email to the District Attorney of Union County, D. Peter Johnson, and received an automatic out-of-office response. If I do not hear back from him tomorrow, I will contact his assistant as he indicated you should do if you need immediate help.
         I hope to have better luck tomorrow!
         As a side note, I spoke with someone who worked closely with lawyers for years the other day and he told me he really doesn’t like lawyers. True story!

    A DEPARTMENT
    SPECIALIZING IN PFAS!

    George Lepley, Jr.

          Apparently East Hempfield Township Police Officer Luke Murray and I were both calling his lawyer’s office at about 1:45 pm today. I called George Edward Lepley, Jr. of Lepley, Engelman & Yaw LLC in his Williamsport office this afternoon and asked for him and gave the woman who answered some brief information as to who I am and why I was calling. She put me on hold for some time and when she came back she asked, “Luke?” I said no, it’s the reporter and asked if Luke Murray was also calling in?

    Luke Murray

          She did not give a firm answer and the lawyer was busy so I left a message. Ironically, the law firm has a department devoted to obtaining Protection from Abuse orders. They state on their website (click here):
         At Lepley, Engelman & Yaw, we have years of experience drafting petitions for a PFA and successfully representing our clients at the hearing for a Permanent PFA. Please contact us for a consultation if you have been a victim of domestic violence.
                                                               ***

    CHARGES
    CHARGES, CHARGES!

    East Hempfield Township Officer Luke W. Murray

         Come on LNP, go after them like you went after Manheim Twp. Charge them with sunshine act violation, hound them at every turn, suggest that the auditor general get involved, pat your yourself on the back for ‘investigative reporting’ and you might get another weekly reader award!! Can hardly wait for the first story!!!
    Posted by Manheim Township School Board President, Mark Anderson, under the LNP story, “McCaskey Principal Bill Jimenez placed on paid leave,” (click here).     
         Good for you! Can you imagine if LNP went after Mayor Gray and city council the way they went after Manheim Township because they were trying to look like they are a real newspaper? I caught city council breaking the Sunshine Act right after Tony Dastra began live-streaming their meetings several months ago and not a word from LNP!
         And imagine if they told the public the truth about Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler and how someone on Gray’s staff did not vet him properly! And speaking of domestic violence, as posted here yesterday all charges were withdrawn against East Hempfield Township Police Officer Luke Murray’s at his preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon (click here for the LNP story which does not give a clue why they were “withdrawn” and I will try to find out more today.) I will also try to find out if Murray gets his job back or gets fired.
         Thanks to the commenter who indicated where I could find Murray’s photo. Hopefully I have the right one above – you said his name is clear but my eyes are old! If that is not him, please let me know and I will make a correction.
    Please check back later today.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * THE POLICE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY – NOT YOURS!

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 Becky 6 comments

    MARKLE REVEALED!

    Steven Markle

         Last night, this “person” who posted the above below the YouTube video that is on this post and who uses the same name and profile picture on Facebook, posted extensively on Lancaster Online under the flag burning story. They took down his posts because he became violent and openly racist, but before they took them down, he was attacking me the way convicted stalker Steven Markle does every day. In fact, he posted the below from his “parody” blogspot about me verbatim on Lancaster Online:

    Cheryl Markle

          So the convicted stalker, formerly known and hated by everyone on Lancaster forums as “the crow,” is actually a Klan member. Amazing, although it partially explains his complete antisocial personality disorder and his inability to deal with anyone on a human, decent level and his constant need to put everyone (except apparently “white Europeans”) down so he feels better about himself and to make up for the lack of any achievements in his own life.
    And his wife, Cheryl Markle, works for the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. I guess she can really act! You just never know…

    —   One man’s face is constantly blurred in this video. Could it be Steven Markle of Leola?

    —   So this happened in Lancaster Saturday night. Click here for the PennLive article.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         According to his court docket, all charges were “withdrawn” against East Hempfield Township police officer Luke Murray at his preliminary hearing yesterday afternoon.

    ********

    SOON IT WILL
    BE
    ILLEGAL TO
    LEAVE YOUR HOUSE!

    (Click here)

         The Lancaster City Police are worried about an “ambush” attack on the police station! Didn’t they have bullet-proof glass installed several years ago at a significant cost?
         The police seem more concerned about their own safety than the safety of the citizens! Why is that?
         Unbelievable. You can watch this being presented at city council’s committee meeting on Monday on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).
         Maybe the police are worried that victims of domestic violence will come and protest having a police chief whose ex-wife states repeatedly in a book that he beat her for years!
         After yesterday’s events this is all just unbelievable. The racist Lancaster City Police can’t solve murders and crimes but they arrested and jailed 20-year-old Delonte Shaw-Canon for no legitimate reason (see immediately below on this site).
         The corruption and racism in Lancaster is simply astounding and this latest move by the police is just patently disgusting and unconscionable.
    Please see the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above and check back later today.

  • * UPDATE – THE REPORTERS NEED TO CHANGE!

    Posted on October 3rd, 2017 Becky 4 comments
    *    According to his below docket, his bail is $10% of $1,000 or $100 to get out of jail. Hopefully someone shows up with $100 today!

    FIRE THE OFFICERS!

    (Click here for the LNP story and here for the police press release.)

         LNP recently updated their story to add this:
         Shaw-Canon was arraigned Tuesday and is currently held at Lancaster County Prison on $1,000 bail.
         You have to be kidding me! Could the NAACP step up and take some action?  Where the hell is Lancaster NAACP president Blanding Watson? This is ridiculous and sickening!
         I was actually going to have some degree of “fun” with this nonsense until I read that he was in jail! And we don’t know if that is 10% bail or cash bail! This is an outrage! At the absolute most he should be mailed a summons for trespass and be required to replace the $5.00 flag. Fire the police officers!

    ****

    CASH BAIL IS NOT RARE!

         It is such a given and so commonplace that when someone posts bail it means 10%, that we reporters don’t bother to get into the technicalities of ten percent was posted of x amount, … The rarer scenario is cash bail, which usually is mentioned by the media. Because cash bail amounts are usually very high – 1-million dollars cash, for e.g., for a mob member because the judge means business. So, technically, it is not incorrect to report that someone has posted 15,000.00 bail when they only paid 1,500.00 to do so. It is lackadaisical, perhaps, but that is how the media has been reporting it for decades and most members of the public know that, whether they are lawyers, press, or not, because America has made criminals out of honest people more than any other country in the world.
    Part of a personal message I received yesterday.
         The public may know/assume that but you and they are wrong and this is where equality in the justice system begins! Most of the bail I see in the city is cash bail. When you see police car stop after police stop in the news in the city and they find drugs or guns and you see bail set at $100,000, $250,000 or $500,000 it is cash bail and that means most of these men and women will be sitting in jail for months awaiting a trial or plea.
         When former teen hero Temar Boggs was charged with robbery, his bail was set at $150,000 and it was cash bail.
         But thank you, maybe this was the eye-opener I needed because if people are assuming it is always percentage bail they are very wrong! In the city, for minorities, it is almost always cash bail and that is a huge difference!
    Please check back later today.    

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * HOW 2 LOVE YOUR COP

    Posted on October 1st, 2017 Becky 20 comments

    HOW CAN WE TALK
    ABOUT EQUAL JUSTICE
    IF LNP CAN’T EVEN
    GET THEIR FACTS CORRECT?

         The NFL protests that have been all over the news for the last two weeks are about equal justice in this country. How can we even begin to talk about equality when LNP can’t even get their bail amounts correct? Bail amounts are at the very core of the justice system in this country!
         There is percentage bail and cash bail. With percentage bail – such as Murray’s – he is only required to pay 10% of the $15,000 to be free and that is clearly stated on his docket. Should he fail to appear when required in court, he would then be responsible to pay the full $15,000.
         Cash bail, also known as monetary bail, means that you have to pay the full amount of the bail in cash or property in order to get out of jail.
         The Lancaster Newspapers are essentially lying to the public by stating: “He is free on $15,000 bail.” That is not correct. He was only required to pay, and a relative did pay $1,500 cash, to get Murray released from jail on bail.
         For LNP to continue what amounts to be a lie under their article is unconscionable! What kind of news organization fails to correct a blatant and crucially important factual error in their reporting?
    ***************

    *   PennLive states Murray’s bail correctly (click here):
         Luke William Murray, 38, of Ephrata, is free after posting 10 percent of the $15,000 bail set following his arraignment on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    CHEATERLAND!

         Uh, oh! A friend sent me a link to CheaterLand and there is Luke Murray (click here for the CheaterLand website and here for LNP’s “East Hempfield police officer charged with breaking into estranged girlfriend’s home,” and also see immediately below on this site because LNP is still incorrectly stating his bail amount).        
         I was skeptical, but there is a Misty Jones in Ephrata who likes this book:

    Please check back later today!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * EYE-OPENING COMMENTS!

    Posted on September 29th, 2017 Becky No comments

    CRYSTAL CLEAR, CARUSO!

         Obviously, I have had the below letter for several months now. It makes me so angry that I have trouble reading it. But I am not giving up! Is it any wonder that Pennsylvania is considered one of the most corrupt states in the Union?
         Baldrige’s actions clearly violate the State Ethics Act and I will pursue this further.
         Have a happy and safe Friday.

    ***********

    TOM PAID HIMSELF $262,104

     *   Tom Baldrige gave himself a raise! Nice! According to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s tax return for 2015, Tom paid himself $262,104 (click here and also see below). Wow, he must do a lot of work!
         In their 2014 return, he only made $248, 914.
         A screenshot of the 2015 return is below and then below that it is split in two so the numbers are easier to read!

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

    ART MORRIS & THE CAUCUS

           Two really good comments came in  this morning (thank you) and I’m moving them to the front page. Please note there was another post this morning that is immediately below.  

         Interest in the Penn Square Partners Marriott project is one of the main driver’s of me coming to this website. I also appreciated the information on Art’s website and very much love seeing what he is doing at the council meetings. I fully understand the discouraging feeling of fighting the battle by yourself and I am definitely to blame for not making it to council meetings (although I will never be able to make one at 1530). I also would have thrown in the towel long ago if I was in his position.
         I remember visiting Art’s website several times to see if there was an event calendar or forum to communicate and get involved and I do not remember the website having these items. If the website is put back up with a link to a Facebook group where people can organize/discuss in preparation for council meetings maybe Art could have some confidence that he would not be attending council meetings alone with no public support.
         I have never met Art, but I know my father thinks very very highly of him from his time as Mayor.

    *********

         I think I can answer your last question regarding why the “Caucus” addresses trivialities in the larger scheme of things, and wont dare touch anything of meaning and importance: From all outward appearances, and knowing what we do about the incestuous financial relationships LNP has with certain newsmakers…and lawmakers, it looks as if the Caucus was specifically and strategically set up to 1. make it look like the parent company is, actually, a “news” organization, when it is not (i.e. to try to hide those incestuous conflicts of interest and; 2) and more importantly, to curry favor with lawmakers from outside Lancaster County that they do not yet have relationships with currently, but will need to cultivate as their avarice and greed only grows. They can accomplish that by pissing off and outing piddly lawmakers whose vote they do not need, to the delight and glee of the rest…who matter to them.
         It is just drawing their power and corruption into a wider net, while trying to fool the public into thinking they are a serious, unbiased news organization. I promise you that if one were to gift them with a, say, Gary Hart type story about Lloyd Smucker (I am just using that as an example), the girl would still be sitting in his lap while they cover copy machines. This strategy also helps should they face legal scrutiny or any other kind of oversight for some of their boneheaded, if not downright unethical, immoral or illegal, actions over the past few years. Call it a preemptive strike.

  • * CUT IT OUT, LNP!

    Posted on September 29th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    *   OMG! They have now made the barber story their lead story on Lancaster Online and they have made it an “insider” story to boot! Are they nuts?

    GROOMING?

    OR…

         You are the LNP managing editor for news and sports: What would you put on the front page of today’s print edition?
    —  A beloved restaurant, which LNP refers to as a “landmark,” and located right next to Central Market had a major fire yesterday causing $400,000 in damage and closing it for months.
    —  An Elizabethtown barber is retiring after six decades and you have a “folksy,” silly human interest story about him.
          What would you put on the front page?

  • UPDATE * “WE DON’T WANT TO CONSIDER THE PAST DEAL…”

    Posted on September 28th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    BALDRIGE NEEDS HIS
    QUARTER-OF-A-MILLION!

         This is an early and short afternoon update:
    —  An emailer sent me a link to the  LNP article, “Lancaster Chamber eliminates COO job, Irwin-Bass leaves after 18 years,” (click here).

    “I need the money,” Baldrige!

          Yes, Chamber president Tom Baldrige has to maintain the over $225,000 he pays himself yearly. So he eliminated her position and her after 18 years! Nice!
           Several months ago I received a response from Robert Caruso, Executive Director of the PA State Ethics Commission, regarding Baldrige and the CRIZ board and that will come tomorrow.
    — Speaking of the CRIZ Board, I watched their entire meeting today on Tony Dastra’s “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page, (click here). What a service Dastra does and he also made an excellent comment about the public being excluded from major decisions.
         There will be more tomorrow but for the hundredth time, Mayor Gray stated during the meeting that he has walked to work for the last 45 years (and this was during a discussion about the “absolute need” for more garage spaces). Well, isn’t that special? As I have stated before, he has been very lucky to live within three blocks of his employment for 45 years. Most people are not that privileged.
         I can’t wait until this man’s current employment is over and I will not have to hear “frankly” again. Yes, there were lots of “franklys” and “honestlys” thrown around at the meeting!
    —  There will also be more on Art Morris and the CRIZ and the Marriott tomorrow.

    *********

    CAPEESH?

        Managing LNP News Editor Tom Murse on his twitter this morning.
     *
         Yes, I read the piece today by deputy opinion editor Rich Manieri and it is that stupid (click here)! Does he think he’s clever? From the piece:
         If I ran my house like this, my headshot, circled with a red line through it, would be plastered above every cash register in every business in the county.
        That still might happen, Rich, since you threw away all of your journalism principles to stay at LNP!
           Oh, and this “amuses” me:
          In May, The Caucus — LNP’s government watchdog publication — revealed the state House’s contract with Xerox for copy machines was $3 million a year. The House bought 430 machines — for 203 members.
          Why isn’t that LNP watchdog publication looking into the over $9 million given to LNP for a for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott expansion? Can you answer that, Rich Manieri and Tom Murse?
         Capeesh?
     
     *********  

    “PARTICULARLY
    COUNCILWOMAN SORACE!”

          Three of Art Morris’ videos about the Marriott Hotel are still on YouTube despite his taking down the website (see “PLEASE PUT IT BACK UP” immediately below). Listen very carefully towards the end to what he says about mayoral candidate Danene Sorace. Her relationship with LNP and this whole “deal” needs to be investigated by the state – now!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ONCE A LIAR…

    Posted on September 27th, 2017 Becky 11 comments

    PLEASE PUT IT BACK UP!

    Art Morris

          Art Morris, please put your website WeAreLancasterPa.com back up! The public needs it. There needs to be a history of what LNP and High Industries are doing to this city and the money and tax-breaks Mayor Gray and his administration and city council are handing to these companies.
         You said nobody is willing to stand with you. I do not believe that is true. You said it exposes you to comments and social media criticism.
         As the former mayor of Lancaster, I find it hard to believe that criticism and disagreements are new to you. You are stronger than that and we need you there representing the public’s interest.
         You also said no one shows up for city council meetings. People do care but feel that there is no way to stop the freight train that just rolls along because of LNP’s power – and that city council rubber stamps, oblivious to the wishes of the citizens. It can and will change!
          Tony Dystra live-steamed yesterday’s CRIZ meeting and there are 33 comments under it on his “See-through City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page. 33 good, well thought out comments.  Several people noted they could not attend a 3:30 pm meeting because they are working. People do care. 
         Your site was concise and to the point regarding the huge amounts of money and tax credits given to LNP and High over the years. This is important information that the public needs to know and have on record.  Please put the site back up.
         There will be more tomorrow, but thank you again to Tony Dastra for live-streaming yesterday’s CRIZ meeting and city council meeting!  They are eye opening! Click here to watch the below video.

    ********* 

    PUT ON THE
    HARD HAT, DANENE!

    —  Here’s some good/fun news (click here)!

          Democratic mayoral candidate and Mayor Dick clone, Danene Sorace, better put that hard hat on as she answers questions about the CRIZ and the Marriott expansion!
         You can ask F&M’s Dr. G. Terry Madonna why he said Hillary was going to win!
         And you can tell Republican mayoral candidate Cindy Stewart to keep up the good fight for the ignored people of Lancaster.

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

    PLEASE, ROBERT!

    ***  There is this from NewsLanc.com under an article featured earlier on this site, “REF SPEAKS: Swan song minus two,” (click here):

          Please, please tell us Robert! My guess is one of these three:
    1. Randy Patterson
    2. Patrick Hopkins
    3. Pat Brogan

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

    NOT PERMITTED?

    **   On a lighter note, there is this from the LNP scout story linked to below:
          Winkler’s [actor Henry Winkler’s] keynote address followed Gray’s speech. At Winkler’s request, media coverage of his speech was not permitted.
         Say what? That is absurd and for LNP to “honor” his request is ridiculous. Then stay at home, Winkler and LNP!

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

    *    The below excellent comment was posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP story, “Appeals board hears case for lower Lancaster Marriott assessment ,” (click here).    
          I agree with everything except the final paragraph about former mayor Art Morris. Morris has taken down his website regarding the Marriott and I spoke with him this morning. That will come later today.  

    Chutzpah. A Yiddish word that had become part of our regular vernacular. Defined as “shameless audacity” and “impudence”. I don’t think there is a better word to describe this one. PSP may have reached a new low with this request, and they start with their bar below ground in my opinion, and of course, good ole Art Morris tags along. My comments:

    -PSP sold the W&S Building to RACL for $7.5 million…they only paid $1.2 million and that was its appraised value at the time. That said, they took $7.5 million and then constructed “at least” 300 hotel rooms, a lobby, a bar and a restaurant. I don’t mention the “shared” space they control for nothing. They are now asking for an assessment of $12.3 million. In other words, they value their 300 rooms ($4.8 million in additional value), in a 13+ story high-rise tower, at only $16,000 each…less than the price of a Honda Accord!

    -Total construction cost on the hotel was closer to $60-$70 million…tough to nail down what is hotel, what is CC and what is shared space…you know, all of the space that PSP did not have to spend their own money building and they get to use/control for a mere $100 a year. How do you go from $60-$70, million to $12.3?

    -Remember, we are closing in on 20 years…almost halfway there. That is the timeline where PSP as built into their agreements with RACL a minimum price of $20 million to buy the $60-$70 million hotel. How can they reconcile their request here at anything below that $20 million and that represents a value of THIRTY CENTS ON THE DOLLAR!

    -How do you compare, even at the same, or similar, room count, a 13+ story, center city building against a 3-4 story suburban one? One costs far more to build and therefore should have a higher value.

    -Does a tax-free property have to pay for the reassement process? Why should the County bare the cost for an owner who does not have to pay taxes to appeal their assessment?

    -Art…your time to object EXPIRED over a decade ago. During that time, 2 elected leaders showed real spine and backbone in bucking the local power elite and questioning this project and its financial underpinnings. Did you support them? Did you ask questions? No you did not! You helped run them out of office and with it lost your creditability to ask questions now. I know it’s tough to be out of the limelight but crawl back into your hole please!

    **********

    ALWAYS A LIAR!

         

         Click here for LNP’s ridiculous article noted above and please check back later today!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * HOOEY & LIES & A $75 “OTHER FEE!”

    Posted on September 26th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    “GET THESE CLOWNS
    OUT OF OFFICE!”

         A sampling of the excellent comments posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP article, “Lemon Street row houses to come down for ‘pocket’ park,” are below (click here).  Can Republican Cindy Stewart pull out a win in the city? Someone has to give a crap about the people living in Lancaster!
     
    —  Three less properties on the tax role. Guess who’ll be making up the difference?
     
    —  This city does what it wants. What a stupid reason for taking houses down in a decent part of the city. The Development Authority are a bunch of ignorant people ( that was nice!) who don’t give two craps about people living in Lancaster. They don’t care what people think that live there. What a very stupid place to put a pocket park. They should pull whatever is stuck up their rear end and listen to the public, like that would Ever happen.
     
    —  Three less rental properties. Three less properties for the tax base. Oh that’s right, it’s in the “nice” part of town.
    *
    —  Tearing down three properties that can be easily renovated, for a park that is a average size of a back yard in the city. Lancaster has no intentions of affordable housing! They are liars and hypocrites who are steadily screwing over the city yet they get re-elected, or re-appointed. Its long overdue to clean house and get these clowns out of office.
     
     ****************

    WAITING FIVE MONTHS…

    Screenshot from the LanCity Connect Facebook page taken at 2:55 pm today.

    *      Poor Mark! He posts regularly on the LanCity Connect Facebook page and always stays polite but is still waiting for service! What is going on? Can someone give this man service?

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

    “VOLUNTARY PAYMENT”

          The developer behind the downtown Marriott hotel expansion has agreed to make a “voluntary payment” of about $48,500 to resolve a disagreement with the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster.
    From the LNP article, “Developer to make full 2017 PILOT payment for downtown Marriott expansion,” (click here).
          What a bunch of  hooey and lies! There are not enough words  for what a greedy, nasty, lying company LNP is! “Reporter” Tim Stuhldreher’s and LNP’s “disclaimer” is now just:
         An affiliate of LNP’s parent company is a limited partner in Penn Square Partners.
         And Stuhldreher has a second article today, “Lemon Street row houses to come down for ‘pocket’ park,” (click here).
         And Mayoral candidate and current city council member Danene Sorace keeps trying to talk about helping the entire city when everyone knows that’s not true and a bunch of lies on her part! And she flat-out lied about the CRIZ deal for the Marriott and said taxpayers are not on the hook when, in fact, they most certainly are! City Council and Sorace are an absolute disgrace!

    This Cindy Stewart?

         And speaking of the mayor’s race, there is a Letter to the Editor in today’s LNP print edition regarding county taxes from a “Cindy Stewart, Lancaster city,” (click here). Is this the Cindy Stewart who is the Republican Candidate for Mayor? 
         She states:
         Do our taxing authorities have any idea that their constituents have to pay for the mistakes of their contractor? Bureaucracy at its finest!
         Ridiculous! You go, Cindy!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * AND VICIOUS INTERNET TROLLS!

    Posted on September 25th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    THEN THERE WERE TWO!

    —  “ALL THAT IS JUST” —

         I did another count of LNP’s editorial staff and counted a total of 77 listed (click here for their “Contact Us” section). Of those, there are two minorities:
    —  Alejandro Rios who has been there for years and was listed as Alex Rios when I ran my “FIND A MINORITY AT LNP” contest over eight years ago and he was the sole one. He is now listed as “Assistant Content Editor for breaking and general news.”
    —  Wanika Hightower, the only black listed and hired several years ago with the job description of “Editorial Assistant.”
         Does that reflect the community they serve or U.S. Census figures for the county and city? And in 2015, then Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda, just decided to lie about it – and in the most “profound” way! It’s what LNP does “best.” (click here for the original of the below).
       

    SEEING WHITE!

         This just came in today’s mail. A clipping from the August 25, 2017 of LNP’s print edition from the Sports section on page C-3.

    *    That’s nothing! Check out the rest of their sports and editorial staff!

    RACE, FOOTBALL & TRUMP

         Today begins the 14th year of LIP News! Yippee!

    (Click here)
     *
         I rarely go with national news let alone international news on this site – but Donald Trump made such a mockery of this country over the weekend that everyone must speak up – as the NFL players did yesterday – and tell him he is wrong.
         Several people on Facebook are saying they’ll never watch another NFL game. Good for them – we’ll see how long that lasts! As for me, watching another Eagles game might just kill me (they won in the last second – literally – of yesterday’s game) but I will continue – sigh – to watch and cheer and hope that they don’t let us down again!
         I found the above on the internet yesterday and it will be going up under the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab above (click here). And this comment came in regarding a comment from them on Lancaster Online and I am going to post it here (thank you): 
         There will be updates on this.
         And there is this story from the ACLU (click here). LNP says we should talk about race – but in a trial where race played a huge role – the Marquell Rentas trial, LNP refused to state the racial and ethnic makeup of the jury (it was all white). And in the same week, Jakeem Towles was in court requesting a new trial after he was sentenced to death by a Lancaster County jury. And again, LNP will not talk about race.
         And we’re going to look at the relationship between Mayor Gray, Police Chief Keith Sadler and city council and their reaction to this racist company occupying prime downtown real estate in a literal ivory tower and why they would give them millions in taxpayer’s dollars for a for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion.
    Please check back later today.