Posted on June 19th, 2013 15 commentsHOLD THE POLICE ACCOUNTABLE!My God, we have had more crimes solved and more arrests in the past 2 days than the past 7 years, I think. I attribute this miracle to you and the pressure that you have put on the powers. Thank you. Andy Scheid is going to give Gregory Bayne a decent burial. Scheids always were decent people.Part of an email in last night.Thank you very much. Someone has to step up and hold these police accountable! Did you see the Letter to the Editor in today’s paper, “City collapsing from the inside?”:…Unfortunately, the glossy magazine pages are just that — pretty pages. The pages fail to mention the almost weekly shootings, purse snatching at midday in blocks surrounding downtown and routine robberies on city streets.Forget putting flower plants, porch decor or even colorful door mats in front of your lovely town home. They are fair game for those who don’t abide by the commandment, “Thou shall not steal.”Despite the heroic efforts of our very competent police force, our beautiful city is being destroyed from within by the uncivilized behavior of some who also have decided to call Lancaster home.This letter writer has bought into the Lancaster Newspapers repeatedly telling the public that the police are “very competent” when they are not! “Heroic efforts?” Where? The Lancaster Newspapers refuse to tell the public about the seventeen unsolved murders under Mayor Gray and the endless unsolved shootings, stabbings, arsons and robberies that are occurring weekly.Their failure to inform and protect the public is shocking and disgusting. Somebody needs to step up and say the police are not doing their jobs and they need to do it now!Another Letter to the Editor today, titled “Did you have to kill him?” discusses the police shooting of homeless Gregory Bayne:My husband bought me a newspaper and it had an article about police shooting a homeless man who was urinating in public.Was it really necessary to kill him after he pulled a knife on an officer? They could have injured or wounded him, but kill him?Who knows what his life was like that made him homeless?No, they most certainly did not have to kill him and I will come back to that later today.
Posted on June 18th, 2013 1 comment
ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?The two blocks of North Queen Street from the Lancaster Community Safety Colalition map of cameras in the city.Gregory Bayne’s initial contact with the police in Binns Park to being lethally shot by a policeman and then handcuffed in front of Yorgos Restaurant on the corner of Queen and Orange Streets, occurred in slightly over one block in the city and the area is blanketed with cameras.There have to be multiple videos of the first confrontation, the chase and the second and final alleged confrontation. All of these videos must be released to the public. Every single one.I find it extremely helpful to have transcripts of exactly what people say in press conferences. So today, this is Chief Sadler’s two minute explanation of Gregory Bayne’s shooting and death at the beginning of his and Dirstrict Attorney Craig Stedman’s press conference less than five hours after the initial police contact on Monday, June 10th. Please note the paragraph breaks are arbitrary and they are mine to make reading easier. Click here for the article and video and there will be much more tomorrow.***********************************************All right – today at approximately 7:00 am, police were called to the 100 block of North Queen Street in the city for a public urination, man exposing himself call. Two officers responded. One officer engaged the subject in conversation and was able to obtain his identification. While the officer was checking the subject’s identification, the subject reached into his pocket and pulled out a folding knife and charged at the officer. One officer was able to discharge his weapon. The male fled South on Queen Street, two officers in pursuit.At one point one officer was able to fire his Taser. The Taser struck the male but it had absolutely no affect on him. The male continued to run South on Queen Street. A third officer at this point joined into the pursuit. They were able to catch up to him in the middle of the unit block of North Queen. At that point he was given numerous opportunities and commands to drop his weapon. He chose not to.Eventually, he charged at the officers. One officer discharged his weapon. The subject was struck. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital where eventually he died from his wound. Ah, the, ah…right now we are interviewing witnesses, we have video at this point of the initial contact in the 100 block of North Queen that shows the subject actually lunging at the officers and ah, we will…and all that will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office and the District Attorney will be in charge of investigating the shooting. So at this time, we won’t release that video until that investigation is completed.All three officers are fine. They were not injured. And, ah, we don’t have…we are not releasing the name of the subject right now. We’ve not been able to make any contact with next of kin.Ah, is there…I’ll take any questions at this time.
Posted on June 17th, 2013 1 commentAN OUTSIDE INVESTIGATION!
We support the police. But the power they have to detain, arrest, use force over and even kill citizens on behalf of the state is like no other set of powers afforded any other group, including the military. In exchange for that power, police must be open to scrutiny and questions. They need to be accountable for their actions. That doesn’t happen without both internal and external checks and balances.From the Philadelphia Daily News Editorial, “Can’t rely on YouTube to police the police,” (click here).From the front-page of yesterday’s Sunday News “Perspective” section.What the public might expect is for the three officers who were armed to the hilt to back off a bit and try to diffuse the situation and not shoot him dead! That’s what the public might expect, Mayor Gray! His only “crime” was urinating in the park and the only person who saw his “crime” was a camera operator!There was a murder this week, Mayor Gray. Titus Gant was shot dead in his car. The public might expect that the police arrest his killer. The public might expect that the police make arrests in the now 17 unsolved murders since you became the mayor and get these killers off the street.The public might expect with all of these cameras that the police would make some arrests in the shootings, stabbings, arsons and robberies that are a weekly occurrence in the city. That’s what the public might expect, Mayor Gray.The public expects you to care about the quality of their lives and their public safety, Mayor Gray!And as a former defense attorney for over 30 years, who “second guessed” the police on a daily basis, we expect you to call for an outside investigation and for all the information, including all the videos involving this death, to be released to the public. That’s what we expect.And we expect you to be at Binns Park at 7:00 pm tonight for a vigil to honor Gregory Bayne’s life and mourn his untimely death.That’s what the public expects, Mayor Gray.
Posted on June 16th, 2013 2 comments
* This comment just came in from “Prostate problems – stay home!”:
I hope the organizers have made arrangements to have plenty of port-a-potties at the vigil. Don’t want to give the police a reason to shoot another citizen.
Wow! That is sarcasm at its best. Please come write for LIP News!
I’m going to leave it at that for today. Have a great Father’s Day and tomorrow will come the two fathers of all liars - Mayor J. Richard Gray and Lancaster Newspapers’ Executive Editor Ernie Schreiber!
FOR GREGORY BAYNEA candlelight vigil in memory of Gregory Bayne, who was shot and killed last Monday by the police, will be held this Monday evening at 7:00 pm in Binns Park.There will be more details as they become available.
Please check back later today.
Posted on June 13th, 2013 No comments
LNP RUSHED TO JUDGMENT!
The Lancaster Newspapers have decided Monday’s shooting of a homeless man is “Tragic but justified,” (click here). This is revolting as is their front-page spin on Mayor Gray (click here). Between the editorial board at LNP and the Mayor, I don’t think there’s one ounce of human decency! Not one! There will be much more later today.
Posted on June 12th, 2013 19 comments
THE THIRD AND
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Mayor Gray, who was number 2 on my worst list, is now quoted by the Lancaster Newspapers in an article just put online (click here). This is reprehensible and disgusting. It opens with this:Mayor Rick Gray on Wednesday cautioned against second-guessing the police officer who fatally shot a homeless man in downtown Lancaster on Monday…
As a defense attorney for over 30 years, he “second-guessed” the police in almost every case! Unbelievable! There will be more tomorrow.*************************************************
[Editor's Note: Police Chief Keith Sadler was named the worst of 2012 by this site and it is reprinted below (click here for "AND WHERE'S THE VIDEO?"). Since I wrote this, the number of unsolved murders is now eleven and the video mentioned in the headline was, of course, never released and the armed robber was, of course, never arrested. Has he been involved in other robberies since? Why wasn't the video released to the public? When will Chief Sadler finally be fired?]
1. Police Chief Keith Sadler – The big Chief inspector from Philly turned out to be a fraud – and we learned this year why he left Philly in the first place! They don’t want him back but tough! Get the hell out, Sadler!
You’ve done nothing to diversify the force and you’ve done nothing about rampant crime in Lancaster except try to cover it up. A man with no previous criminal history and arrested for allegedly picking up a wallet someone left in a convenience store, committed suicide in a police holding cell because no one was watching the video feed and a 71-year-old man was in very critical condition after being arrested for “public drunkenness” and “falling” in the police station.
Those two items alone would be enough to get you fired in any other city. Add to that the nine unsolved murders since you were sworn into office and the numerous unsolved, major crimes in the city during the last six months alone, and a totally incompetent, arrogant band of detectives and you need to be toast and the sooner the better. What an absolute disgrace and sad legacy you will leave behind in Lancaster!
CHIEF SADLER MUST GO
THE PUBLIC HAS HAD ENOUGH!How easily can these huge dudes with bulletproof vests, mace, backup, clubs, cuffs and gun feel threatened…..Sorry dude but you signed up to be a cop. Just because one out of every 10 million police stops results in violence against an officer is not a reason to treat everyone as a dangerous violent criminal.This is the first comment of 165 comments this morning under LNP’s story titled online, “Lancaster police identify homeless man shot dead by officer as Gregory Stephen Bayne,” (click here).There are so many excellent comments. The public has had enough! These police who can’t solve any major crimes or murders despite having cameras everywhere, murder a homeless man for urinating in a park - an act that disturbed no one except some unnamed camera watcher.Enough is enough! Police Chief Sadler needs to go – and he needs to go now!Please check back later today.
Posted on June 11th, 2013 18 comments
* “I want to see the video.
Something’s not right.”
Please watch the video interview in this story.
We all need to see the video and every video the police have that involves their deadly shooting. We also need to know the name of the officer who shot him.
The public has an absolute right and need for this information. Release the videos and release the names of the officers involved!
THREE OFFICERS -
ONE KNIFE -
HOMELESS MAN DEAD
Picture courtesy of Must See Pics an Vids Facebook page – click here for amazing photos from yesterday.
LNP SPINS THE FACTS -
NO REQUEST FOR VIDEO -
MAYOR GRAY IS ABSENT!
Click here for the LNP spin and please check back later today.
FINAL UPDATE FOR MONDAY – RELEASE THE VIDEO! ***** HOMELESS MAN SHOT BY POLICE IS DEAD *** UPDATED – GIVING JOURNALISM A BAD NAME!Posted on June 10th, 2013 24 comments
FINAL UPDATE FOR TODAY
RELEASE THE VIDEOSThe shooting occurred early this morning and sometime early this afternoon, the District Attorney was weighing in. It’s hard to imagine the DA performed a thorough investigation before he declared the shooting “entirely justified.” If the victim was a rich man’s kid, you can bet he’d still be performing due diligence.One of the more recent comments under the LNP story and video of the police and DA’s press conference (click here).Actually, DA Craig Stedman had decided that by noon today. Unbelievable! The police are reportedly called because of a homeless man urinating in public early this morning and we are told he is dead several hours later. His weapon – a knive with a five inch blade according to Police Chief Keith Sadler.And the DA says he will “consider releasing the video(s) to the public?” Who the hell does he think he is? You will release the videos to the public, DA Stedman!That was the whole point of the original article I published this morning about LNP reporter Ryan Robinson and his references to cameras. Unbelievable. Fifteen minutes after I posted that I went up with breaking news of the shooting. Thank you to Must See Pics an Vids Facebook page for their photos (click here) and their accurate reporting. Everything I posted this morning as events were breaking turned out to be factual.As other commenters to the LNP article and to this site have said, I am sick to my stomach. Absolutely sick.
RELEASE THE VIDEO!The district attorney, Craig Stedman, said the incident was caught on video. He said that after his initial look at the footage, it is clear the officer was justified in shooting the subject but that he will make a final determination later.From “Lancaster police shoot, kill homeless man on North Queen Street,” (click here).12:03 pm – The 35-year-old homeless man shot by police is dead.
**** 10:46 am – According to WGAL, the police are now saying he had a knife and “lunged” at them (click here). I am told the police shot him from across the street.
Pictures are courtesy of Must See Pics an Vids Facebook page.
*** 9:27 am – Downtown Lancaster is in gridlock. No one can get to the courthouse or city or county offices. The 35-year-old homeless man who was shot at least twice by the police may have died. There is crime tape everywhere and 30 detectives are on the scene. No one from the District Attorney’s office has shown up but they may be having trouble getting there.
*** An initial witness is stating it was a homeless man who was shot. He was urinating in Binn’s Park. He ran when the police came and he was shot twice in front of Yorgos at North Queen and Orange Streets.
*** BREAKING NEWS *** What a way to start a Monday. Click here for, “First block of North Queen Street closed after shooting.”
Photo of the shooting scene this morning. Picture courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page.
HOW DUMB ARE YOU, RYAN?
Another Lancaster Newspaper police reporter decides to tell us how dumb criminals are (click here if you really want to read this drivel)!
Well, today, I’m going to tell you how “dumb” the Lancaster Police are and how they are giving their profession a bad name! And how you don’t do your job, Ryan, and hold them accountable! It’s disgraceful and you’re giving journalism a bad name, Ryan!
Click here for my piece on Larry Alexander when he did the same thing and please check back later today.
Posted on June 9th, 2013 4 comments
LNP IS HIRING – INCLUDING
AN “INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER!”A commenter today sent me on a search for a piece Ernie Schreiber wrote a long time ago – but lo and behold – I found something much more interesting!The Lancaster Newspapers are hiring! Yes, they are hiring big time! On JournalismJobs.com they are looking to fill four positions (click here): an investigative reporter; a versatile business writer, a fast and accurate copy editor and an enterprising reporter! All of the positions were listed as of May 29th and have an “ad expires” date of July 3rd.From the ad for an investigative reporter Ernie Schreiber states:This reporter should have sharp instincts for digging out meaningful issues that local readers care about. He or she should know how to develop sources, search public records, compile and analyze data, and tell people-oriented stories in a compelling, hard-hitting, yet fair manner, both in print and multimedia formats. Members of our investigative team are expected to produce both long-term, substantial series and quick-turnaround stories, probing breaking news events.Wow! This reporter should be very busy! There are 16 unsolved murders under Mayor Gray and too many unsolved shootings and stabbings to count! Then there is the absolutely dreadful and unacceptable work by the Lancaster Police on the two armed robberies in the city on May 28th and May 30th and their refusal to release video footage from the second one for days. And there is their overall failure to release the camera footage from too many crimes to count.There will be more on Rachel Burk and Kevin Ware a/k/a Bonnie and Clyde tomorrow as well as one of the unsolved murders.But these ads raise so many other questions: Will the Lancaster Newspapers finally hire a “minority” and are people leaving, being fired or retiring? The Lancaster Newspapers most certainly are not increasing their circulation as their ads state. In fact, it is declining rapidly so why are they filling four positions and will there really be any changes at that awful newspaper?Please, if you ever dreamed of being in the news business and you read this site, please, please apply! Do not, however, mention this site in your interview with Ernie!What an absolute hoot! The full ad for the investigative reporter reads:Do you love numbers like Nate Silver? Work sources like Bob Woodward? Write ledes like Edna Buchanan? If so, Lancaster Newspapers wants you, an investigative reporter who has a passion for critically examining suspect public practices and policy, exploring social ills, and exposing public or private wrongdoing.This reporter should have sharp instincts for digging out meaningful issues that local readers care about. He or she should know how to develop sources, search public records, compile and analyze data, and tell people-oriented stories in a compelling, hard-hitting, yet fair manner, both in print and multimedia formats. Members of our investigative team are expected to produce both long-term, substantial series and quick-turnaround stories, probing breaking news events.We are a family-owned, growing news organization (93k Sunday, 73k daily), intensely local in our approach to news coverage of our vibrant city, expanding suburbs and extraordinary farm community. Salary commensurate with experience.Please send a resume and at least three clips to Ernest Schreiber, Executive Editor, Lancaster Newspapers, at ernieschreiber@Lnpnews.com or Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608-1328. EOE[Editor's Note: When you click the link for JournalismJobs.com, you will need to put "Pennsylvania" in the "Location" box and click on "search."]
Posted on June 9th, 2013 3 comments
ONE BANK!Today, LNP buries the Rachel and Kevin story on page B-2 again! And the headline is just incorrect.There was only one bank robbery! The second sentence of the article states (click here):Both were charged this week with holding up two city grocery stores. He is believed also to have held up a West Hempfield Township bank last week.
And where is the Mountville Getty Mart? That was his first attempted robbery with a knife on March 20th! And where is any mention of his tattoos?How did the police mishandle this so badly?And after just a few weeks, the Lancaster Newspaper editors have run out of things to say. Instead of a column in the Sunday News, there is this notice, “To our readers:”The rotating columns written by Lancaster Newspapers editors will continue on an occasional basis as events and questions from our readers dictate.Wow! That is just pathetic! I guess after they told us ten times they were going local, local, local, they had nothing else to say. So if they are going so local, why aren’t Rachel and Kevin on their front-page?Please check back later today.
Posted on June 8th, 2013 No comments
WHO DROPPED THE BALL?A timeline in the four armed robberies in three weeks in Lancaster County is coming later today.Who dropped the ball? Why haven’t they been arrested? They made absolutely no effort to conceal their faces.Two police departments. One did their job. One, most certainly did not.As a result, there are two dangerous armed robbers running low on cash and looking for their next target. Will it be you?Please check back later today.
Posted on June 7th, 2013 No comments
RACHEL & CLYDE
WHERE WILL THEY GO?
The Lancaster Newspapers are done with the story of four armed robberies in the county in three weeks. There will be no follow-ups unless the police manage to identify the man or one or both of them are arrested.
There will be no questions of the police. They won’t ask why highly paid, long time detectives stated for five days they didn’t know if it was the same man and woman team in two city robberies. They won’t question the unacceptable delay in the police releasing photos from cameras placed there just for that purpose – to identify and help catch perpetrators. They won’t question their unacceptable failure to release more pictures. And they won’t question the unbelievable number of days it took Lancaster detectives to identify Rachel Burk.
Life will go on as normal without so much as a reminder from LNP – except not for the employees and the owners of the businesses that were robbed. Their lives have been changed forever.
But Rachel and Clyde will soon need money. Will they move into a new county? Or do they like Lancaster, particularly the city, where the pickings are easy and no one is ever arrested for any crimes?
And where were they before they hit Lancaster County in mid-May? Was Clyde in Pittsburgh?
I may have found him.
Please check back later today.
Posted on June 6th, 2013 No comments
RELEASE THE FULL VIDEO!
I am working on a project, but these are pictures from the four armed robbiers committed by the male in this duo. He has multiple and distinctive tattoos that would have been well documented if he was arrested before – and the odds that he was arrested before are extremely high.
The Lancaster Newspapers have not featured pictures of these two once in their papers and WGAL also is not running them. And the police cut out the woman, now identified as Rachel Burk, from the top picture. If that is a camera pointed at the door to Meas Grocery, then at some point her face has to appear. Has she altered her appearance? And what about those tattoos on his arms? Where are pictures of his arms?
Four armed robberies in three weeks time! What is going on?
Posted on June 5th, 2013 No comments
AN INVESTIGATION IS COMING!
IT IS CRIMINAL!When is ANYONE going to investigate the POLICEDEPARTMENT??????When is ANYONE going to investigate the MAYOR???When is ANYONE going to investigate LNP???This comment in today under, “TOTAL BREAKDOWNS BY MAYOR GRAY!” below on this site.I spoke to an employee of Image Clothing by phone today. On Saturday, April 6th of this year, a robber entered the store and shot two employees (click here).The man I spoke with today said the robber/shooter was captured by store surveillance cameras. He said the police have not been in contact with them in a month and a half.The store video of the robber/shooter has not been released to the public. The robber/shooter has not been arrested.This is criminal. An investigation into the Lancaster Police Department is coming and it’s coming very soon.When that happens, an investigation into Mayor Gray and LNP will not be far behind.
Posted on June 3rd, 2013 4 comments
FOUR PEOPLE ARE WANTED!
The Lancaster City Police decided to do some work today. There are three major developments to report:1. They are looking for Israel Polanco-Cano, who is pictured first below, for the May 25th stabbing of a man while both were waiting in line for a church breakfast (click here for “City police seeking man for attempted murder in stabbing outside church,”) If you see him or know where he is, please contact the police at the numbers in the story or in the Crime Stoppers flyer at the bottom of this post for another stabbing suspect. Polanco-Cano also made the Police Log on May 8th for grabbing a woman by the throat that Saturday (click here). He gave his address at that time as 210 S. Prince Street or the Water Street Rescue Mission/Ministries.2. The police are looking for and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for Miguel Camacho for the May 4th stabbing of a man outside the Village Nightclub. The flyer, with his picture and additional information, is at the bottom of this post. Please contact the police if you have any information on him whatsoever. There may be an unbelievably tragic connection with this man and I will come back to that tomorrow.3. The J&K robbers have apparently struck again – on Thursday – and we are not finding out about it until today (click here for, “Lancaster city police probe pair of grocery store holdups.”) This is a ridiculous article and someone needs to hold the police accountable and get the latest images released. The man is now wanted for three Lancaster County robberies in two weeks time. The picture on the left below is when he robbed the Getty Mart in Mountville with a knife (click here for, “Police seek suspect in Mountville robbery attempt”) and the picture on the right is from the J&K robbery in which he had a gun as he did in this third robbery. Please see below on this site for a larger picture and the Crime Stoppers flyer on these two. Someone has to know who they are! There will be much more on this tomorrow.Thank you, City Councilman Todd Smith! I think you really got the police working! I’ll try to respond to your email tomorrow!
Israel Polanco-Cano (his hair may now be cut in a Mohawk)
Posted on June 3rd, 2013 No comments
ARREST THE SHOOTER!A male walking in the 300 block of North Franklin Street was approached by three other males shortly before 11 p.m. Friday. An argument ensued, punches were thrown and a single shot was fired, police said.
From the Lancaster Online article, “Man shot in Lancaster city,” (click here).Men are being killed and severely injured in shootings and stabbings every week in Lancaster. The police are not making arrests. Let’s see if there’s an arrest in this almost fatal shooting and I’ll answer Councilman Todd Smith this afternoon (see the email immediately below.)
Posted on June 1st, 2013 No comments
* 6-2-13 – Under the weather today! LIP News will be back tomorrow!
SAFETY MOST IMPORTANT!
Becky,I appreciate your vigilance and ensuring accountability of the Police Department and our City Officials. I have 4 beautiful children that live, play and go to school in the City of Lancaster and can assure you their safety is more important that anything to me.As frustrating as it is, I trust our Police Department is doing their due diligence to address these unsolved issues. Please continue your advocacy and know that we genuinely share your concerns.Best Regards Becky,Todd E. SmithLancaster City CouncilmanThis email came in response to my email to Mayor Gray and the City Council members (see the story immediately below for my email).Thank you very much for responding, Todd, and I will respond tomorrow!Stay cool and safe everyone!
Posted on May 31st, 2013 1 comment
BUILDING A CASE!City Police Spokesman Todd UmsteadThe below email was sent to Mayor Gray, the City Council members and several members of the press yesterday morning at 9:40 am. A council member did respond (thank you) and I will publish his response tomorrow. But in the meantime, please look at today’s story, “Police continue to investigate stabbing outside city church,” (click here).This is a very rare follow-up by the Lancaster Newspapers on one of many very serious, recent crimes and it’s probably because the victim’s irate family is calling their office. This man knows the man who almost killed him. They were standing in a line of people arguing and numerous people witnessed the vicious stabbing. I have been told that the witnesses have given the police the attackers name and address and yet there is still no arrest. From today’s article:City police spokesman Todd Umstead said this morning the victim remains hospitalized.
“Detectives have some good leads in this case and are making progress,” Umstead said at 10:30 a.m. He would not confirm or deny if charges had been filed in the case.
“Good leads?” Is that a sick joke? And please don’t try pulling the “building a case” line. These police are very well paid professionals and that is the job they are trained to do. They have had more than enough time to build a case and get this man, who attempted to kill another man up close and personal by stabbing him seven times including in the neck and chest, off the streets before he attacks and possibly kills someone else.There will be more tomorrow.********************************************
Mayor Gray,You stated the following in a video interview with the Lancaster Newspapers announcing your intention to run for Mayor for a third term (click here):First, I’d like to provide an atmosphere where large and small businesses can flourish and create jobs and opportunities for our residents.Often people say, well you spend too much time on trying to attract businesses and whatnot. Businesses coming here mean jobs here, mean the opportunity for people to work, mean the ability of walkable urbanity.In the last two months:—- On Monday, April 1st, the owner of Karved Creations Barber Shop was shot in both legs in his business at 401 E. King Street (click here).—- On Saturday, April 6th, two employees of Image Clothing were shot in the store at 713 Union Street (click here).— This Tuesday, the J&K Super Mart was robbed by a man with a gun and a woman (click here).No arrests have been made in any of these cases. Not a single description of the perpetrators has been released by the police let alone video footage.Please explain why any business would want to open in Lancaster.Thank you,Becky HolzingerEditor, lipnews.com
Posted on May 31st, 2013 No comments
IT’S A CRIME!
If you look at the logo on the far left it says “Sponsoring Partner – Lancaster Newspaper Inc.” This went up on the Lancaster Police website and Facebook pages just before noon yesterday. The Lancaster Newspapers have yet to post the picture of the suspected armed robbers of the J&K Super Mart Tuesday night. What is wrong with them?
Posted on May 30th, 2013 2 comments
* I will keep this photograph at the top pending an arrest of these two by the police today. If you have any information please follow the link to the police website and contact them. What a difference a possible mayoral opponent can make! I sent Mayor Gray, the city council members and several members of the press an email this morning about the lack of descriptions/video on this robbery (see “A TALE OF TWO ROBBERIES – INVESTIGATE THE LANCASTER POLICE” two stories down on this site). Presto – by noon today – this very good photograph and a Crime Stoppers reward. The full story including my email - and the incredible help I received – will come tomorrow.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Do you know these two people? They robbed the J&K Super Mart on Tuesday! Click here for the police website for more details and how to contact them if you recognize either or both of these robbers! There is a $1,000 reward!
Posted on May 29th, 2013 6 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
WHERE’S THE VIDEO?A picture, taken today, of the secuity camera owned by the J&K Super Mart, 545 New Holland Avenue, outside the entrance to their store.
I spoke to the gentleman who answered the phone at the J&K Super Mart at about 3:19 pm today. The store was robbed last night. He told me they caught the robbers on their store video and the footage was given to the Lancaster Police last night.
A little background: This morning, shortly after 10:00 am, I saw the story, “Robbers hit city, E. Hempfield businesses” go up on Lancaster Online (click here).
This immediately struck me - please note the descriptions of the robbers of each location from the story:
A man in his 30s and a woman about 40 years old entered the store together.
The man displayed a pistol, demanded money and took an undisclosed amount of cash from an employee, Umstead [City Police Lt. Todd Umstead] said.
Both suspects then fled the store, heading east toward a McDonald’s restaurant.
EAST HEMPFIELDNo weapon was displayed, Chase [Township Police Detective Christopher H. Chase] said. The robber fled on foot in an unknown direction.
He was described as a black male in his late 20s or 30s, roughly 5-feet-5, with an average build and shaved head, Chase said. He wore a black baseball hat, sunglasses, black jeans, a black hoodie with white lettering, and black shoes.This story was written by Ryan Robinson, a long-time police reporter for the Lancaster Newspapers. Did it strike him that one police department had absolutely no description and the other had such a full and detailed description that someone might be able to identify this person on the street and call the police if they saw him?Where are the descriptions of the armed robbers in Lancaster? Where is the video of the armed robbers in Lancaster? Not only does J&K Super Mart have their own security camera - and again, the video was given to the Lancaster Police last night – but there are Lancaster Community Safety Coalition Cameras on both ends of this block. There is one at New Holland Avenue and N. Franklin Street and one at New Holland Avenue and N. Marshall Street (please see the insert from the Coalition’s map of cameras below).This is simply outrageous! Where are the descriptions and video, Lancaster Police? Do you want to get these armed robbers off the street? Do you think this pair will stop with this robbery? Do you think one of them might use the gun during a robbery one day? Have they robbed Lancaster stores before?The Lancaster Police need to be investigated and they need to be investigated now. This is beyond incompetence and stupidity. This is a basic failure to do their jobs and protect and serve the citizens of Lancaster.
The front of the J&K Super Mart showing the entrance to the front door. The photo is from Google maps. -The Lancaster Community Safety Coalition Map of the cameras at New Holland Avenue and N. Franklin Street and N. Marshall Street (click here for the map on their website and it was confirmed to me today that there are cameras at these locations).-
[Today's promised story will come tomorrow.]
Posted on May 29th, 2013 No comments
HOLES BIG ENOUGH
TO WALK THROUGH!District Attorney Craig Stedman said he plans to have Collazo pay back the sum, if she is convicted of the charges.
“We will calculate it and ask for it in restitution to the extent we can legally do so,” Stedman said Friday morning. “More damaging than the monetary loss is the fact that she distracted so many police officers from other actual crimes with real victims. No fine or fee will ever get those lost hours back.”From Friday’s front-page, lead story titled online ”Court documents: 3 big holes in fake abduction story,” (click here).Good luck with that, DA Stedman! Any defense attorney worth their salt will prove the police should have known in less than half-an-hour that her story was fake and called off that absurd, incredibly costly “manhunt” that left the city totally unprotected for five hours and resulted in two innocent men being detained and released.And as the chief law enforcement officer in Lancaster County, maybe you should turn your attention to the sixteen unsolved murders in the last six-and-one-half years in the city and all the unsolved serious crimes. Did you see this story, DA Stedman: ”City police probe shooting, stabbing,” (click here)? There were actually two very serious stabbings and one shooting over the holiday weekend, DA Stedman and no one has been arrested. Who is protecting the citizens of Lancaster, DA Stedman?And Lancaster Newspaper’s Executive Editor Ernie Schreiber edited this story dramatically to make the police look “better” and not so totally foolish. And he left out the biggest reason of all that the police should have questioned her story within minutes.Schreiber’s failure to tell the truth, his failure to protect the public and hold these police accountable is simply shocking and scary and violates everything journalism should stand for.Please check back later today.
Posted on May 28th, 2013 9 comments
THROW THE BUM,
RICK GRAY, OUT!If anyone told me in 2006 that I would cheer the day Charlie Smithgall would run for mayor again, I would have politely told them they were quite mad and should seek the help of a psychiatrist immediately (click here for, “Rematch? Charlie Smithgall gets enough write-in votes to challenge Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray”).
I was Mayor Gray’s biggest backer! He took my phone calls then! He was eager to take them. He even told me once that he wished the paper version of the Lancaster Indepedent Press would start up in Lancaster again. That is the truth!He lied to everyone about the convention center. He lied to get elected and then he viciously turned on those he had lied to the day after he was elected. It’s been a straight downward decline since then. He has a police force that is not solving any major or minor crimes and the quality of life for many in Lancaster has gone downhill as fast as any morals, conscience and human decency Gray may have once had went flying out the window. He has become nothing more than the Lancaster Newspaper’s puppet.And speaking of the Lancaster Newspapers, did you see Executive Editor Ernie Schreiber’s column in the Sunday News? Funny(!), I can’t find it anywhere online, but this man who is absolutely devoid of any morals, conscience or human decency said this:That is one of the most outrageous, disgusting and dangerous things I have ever read. I will fully explain tomorrow – and please see the story immediately below.
Posted on May 28th, 2013 No comments
“PLEASE DON’T TAKE
WHERE ARE THE ARRESTS,
What a terrible and sad holiday weekend. Two stabbings and one shooting and no arrests.
And Lancaster Police Lt. Mike Winters lied to the press. From the article, “Police: Stabbed man’s injuries ‘did not appear to be life-threatening,’”(click here), there is this:
He reportedly received wounds to the neck and upper torso and was initially thought to be critically hurt.
City police Lt. Michael Winters said Saturday evening that the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
I don’t know where Winters got his “information,” but it wasn’t from the surgeons at Lancaster General. They were telling the family they would know in 24 to 48 hours. On Sunday night, the victim’s mother posted this on Facebook:
I really need all the prayers that I can get… my son isn’t doing too good now… I don’t know how much more that I can take…God please give me strength and please don’t take my child from me.
Read today’s absurd and terrifying article by Larry Alexander, “City police probe shooting, stabbing,” (click here). Actually, the headline is misleading – it’s about one shooting and two stabbings. None of them were “random acts” according to the police and yet there have been no arrests! No arrests! This is horrific and unexplainable!
WHO’S STUPID, LARRY?
Did you see Larry Alexander’s column this Saturday (click here)? Yes, I guess this long-time police reporter mentioned in my story immediately below on this site, decided to show folks how smart he is and how stupid the Lancaster criminals are. And, yes, people do stupid things all the time and Larry should know that because he writes a stupid column week after week.And Larry isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack because he got the story all wrong! Lancaster city has some of the smartest killers, shooters, stabbers and arsonists in this great country! Yes, they outwit the police time and time again.Sixteen unsolved murders in six-and-one-half-years, Larry! These killers must be geniuses! Imagine 83-year-old Erma Kaylor, Larry. She lived in her West Vine Street home for over 20 years. She owned nothing of value and never left her home. Neighbors did her shopping and took care of her and even walked her dog. There was no forced entry according to the police and there is a coalition camera outside her home. And yet, the killer who brutally and repeatedly slashed her throat, has outsmarted the police. Imagine that, Larry!And look at the three attempted murders in your article today, Larry. These would be killers are so clever they can argue with their victim, stab them in front of witnesses and still get away with it. What’s a little gunshot wound to the neck, Larry? No, that doesn’t sound “life-threatening” at all, Larry!You’re doing a great job covering the police and holding them accountable, Larry. Ummm…who did you say was stupid, Larry?Coming later today, the absolutely despicable actions and words of Lancaster Newspaper’s Executive Editor, Ernie Schreiber.
Posted on May 23rd, 2013 30 comments
*** 5-24-13 – 5:30 pm – Oh, my God! The Lancaster Newspapers have taken down the Affidavit from the article linked to below! They will do anything to protect these police and it is damning! If they don’t put it back up – I have it and will publish it tomorrow. Unbelievable! They are supposed to protect the public and hold the police accountable – not “protect” them. This is simply unbelievable!
INVESTIGATE THE POLICE! – 2Today, the Lancaster Newspapers sent court reporter and their go-to-guy to defend everything official and white to the Lancaster Police to explain their absurd response to an alleged kidnapping on Tuesday. He also obtained the Affidavit (click here for “Court documents: 3 big holes in fake abduction story”):
These are long-term, extremely well paid detectives and they saw the trunk open and close? How long did it take them to find the “glow in the dark trunk release?” Is this a joke? They had every Lancaster city cop on the scene for five hours leaving one cop to answer other calls and leaving people totally unprotected? Are you kidding me?Investigate these incompetent police now!This site will be on vacation until this coming Tuesday unless there is breaking news. Please note the email I sent this past Tuesday, the same day as the alleged abduction (click here). I have not received a response so I will send a second request first thing this coming Tuesday morning. Have a great holiday!
******************************************May 21, 2013Police Chief Keith SadlerMayor J. Richard GrayDistrict Attorney Craig StedmanCity Council MembersMany neighbors, friends and family of Erma Kaylor, who was brutally stabbed to death on May 16, 2012 in her 235 West Vine Street home, have strongly suggested that Markeem Lamar Zink, who lived above her in Apartment #2, was her killer. They have asked the police repeatedly if he has been questioned and given a DNA test and they have gotten no reponse.On their behalf, and for the safety of everyone, I am asking if a DNA test has been performed on Markeem Lamar Zink. It is my absolute understanding that a DNA test was performed on at least one other suspect, indicating the police have the DNA of Erma Kaylor’s killer. Has a DNA test been performed on Markeem Lamar Zink?I look forward to your prompt response. I will be forwarding this email and the response to the State Attorney General’s office along with petitions requesting their office assist the Lancaster Police in bringing justice for Erma Kaylor, her family, friends and neighbors and removing her killer from the street.Thank you.Becky HolzingerEditor, lipnews.com - http://lipnews.com/2012/06/who-killed-erma-kaylor-2/
INVESTIGATE THE POLICE!Please note these paragraphs from today’s article (click here), and note the major unsolved crimes immediately below and the lack of any camera images or even descriptions of the perpetrators. And, of course, the obvious – if investigators saw the trunk open and close as they arrived, why in the world did they spend all day and thousands and thousands of dollars on a “manhunt” in which two men were detained and released? I’ll ask again: Is this a joke? Investigate these police!Law-enforcement officials arriving at the park that morning in search of the alleged victim might have had an early indication the story was bogus.
According to investigators, police saw the trunk of the car open and close as they approached the vehicle where the victim allegedly was trapped.
A subsequent investigation, during which officials reviewed footage from Lancaster Community Safety Coalition cameras throughout the city, proved Collazo’s story to be false.
Video footage shows her vehicle driving into the city on East Walnut Street, continuing past the parking lot where she said she was kidnapped, then driving on various streets and to the park, police said.
The footage reveals Collazo as the driver and sole occupant of the car.*********************************Two housekeeping items:—- LIP News will publish briefly this afternoon and then go on holiday until next Tuesday unless there is breaking news.—- Please note the “Stalker Warning” link on the right of this site and follow the link to read about “The Crow.” A second link will be going up shortly detailing another person’s involvment and there will be more next week. Please be careful on the internet!
WHERE ARE THE ARRESTS?
What do these Lancaster Newspaper reporters do? They are listed on the newsroom directory as covering the police and they are, from left to right, Ryan Robinson, Jennifer Todd and Larry Alexander.
A man was shot yesterday afternoon and there has been no follow-up; there has been no description of the shooter and there have been no photos released from the surveillance cameras (click here for, “Man, 27, found wounded in Howard Avenue home”).
On May 11, I updated a post titled, “DO THE CAMERAS WORK? DO THE POLICE WORK?” (click here).
The below from that article highlights four shootings and one stabbing. In this city, with more cameras than any other city of its size, there have been no arrests made in any of these very serious crimes! What do the police do? What do these Lancaster Newspaper “police reporters” do?
Is that a fact, Mayor Gray? Then please explain why no arrests have been made, no camera photos released and not one physical description of a perpetrator has been provided to the public for the below four crimes that all occurred in the last month-and-a-half in which four people were shot and one stabbed seven times including in the neck:
—- On Monday, April 1st, the owner of Karved Creations Barber Shop was shot in both legs in his business at 401 E. King Street (click here).
—- On Saturday, April 6th, two employees of Image Clothing were shot in the store at 713 Union Street (click here).
—- On Saturday, May 4th, a 23-year-old was stabbed multiple times outside the Village Nightclub (click here).
—- Last night, a man was shot somewhere near the 500 block of Woodward Street (click here).
So, with the cameras in place and trained, professional police officers, can you tell us why no arrests have been made in these four very serious crimes, Mayor Gray?