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    Posted on November 15th, 2018 Becky No comments

    — Wow! This was unexpected! Snow day! —


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


    Posted on November 14th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

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



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


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

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

    Posted on November 13th, 2018 Becky 7 comments


    * ARTICLE I Responsibility
         The primary purpose of gathering and distributing news and opinion is to serve the general welfare by informing the people and enabling them to make judgments on the issues of the time. Newsmen and women who abuse the power of their professional role for selfish motives or unworthy purposes are faithless to that public trust. The American press was made free not just to inform or just to serve as a forum for debate but also to bring an independent scrutiny to bear on the forces of power in the society, including the conduct of official power at all levels of government.

    From the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Statement of Principles (click here).




         The below was published on this site on May 21st of this year and the original is here.
         Now a federal lawsuit has been filed against Officers Jake Bingham and Timothy Sinnott arising from a different incident on March 22nd.
         And LNP remains silent and doesn’t do their journalistic duty to inform the public about two men the public pays to protect and serve them.
         The unbelievable and blatant racism at LNP and their failure to protect all members of our society is shocking and has been going on for years.
          Anyone who is employed by that phony, corrupt, greedy and racist company is not a journalist. And if you think you are, go read a journalism code of ethics and learn the truth. You aren’t even decent human beings.


    Posted on November 12th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

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



    From the Mildenberg Law Firm website (click here).
         In fact, the lawsuit is front and center on the home page of their website (see above).
         Brian Mildenberg is also the lead attorney for Ronald Brian Gray’s federal lawsuit against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Tomothy Sinnott (see Saturday’s post below for the “Statement of Facts” from the lawsuit filed on October 24th of this year).
         When is LNP going to report on this lawsuit? When will something be done about the Lancaster City Police Force?

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 10th, 2018 Becky 2 comments



                          Officers Jake Bingham (left) and Timothy Sinnott

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


    Posted on November 9th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

         The “Statement of Facts” from the below lawsuit will come tomorrow and there will be much more on the proposal for Lancaster Square to come.
         Have a safe and happy Friday.


    *    Also from the lawsuit, Mayor Sorace did nothing:

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         Ronald Brian Gray filed a lawsuit in federal court on October 24th against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Timothy Sinnott for violation of his civil rights (click here).
         The “Statement of Facts” from the lawsuit will be posted here tomorrow. These two officers were also involved in a controversial arrest in April of this year when four people were charged with “riot.”
         Both officers were also named and pictured on this site when they were sworn in as officers questioning the racial makeup of the Lancaster City Police Department and what was being done to diversify it.


                                  Jake Bingham                Timothy Sinnott

         From the lawsuit:



         It’s still too early in the process to offer a budget estimate, he [Randy Patterson, city director of economic development and neighborhood revitalization] told LNP. Besides city capital bond funds, money could come from the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program and sponsorships, he said.
    LNP finally went up with a story about Wednesday’s meeting on the future of Lancaster Square (click here).
         It really is worth your time to watch the livestream of the meeting (click here). This will be a huge, extremely expensive project which, if completed as planned, will require numerous city employees to manage it on a daily basis.
         There were excellent questions that were raised during the meeting that are not included in this article (along with the secret fountain donor)!
         Is all of this intended to improve the lives of city residents or is this intended for visitors and tourists to the city?
    Please check back later today.   

    Posted on November 7th, 2018 Becky 2 comments


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

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

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


    I SEE YA!

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

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


    Posted on November 4th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


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

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

    UPDATE 11-5-18



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

    — This will come tomorrow. —



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

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


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


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

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

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


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


    Attorney Pfursich

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

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

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


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

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



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


    Posted on October 30th, 2018 Becky 12 comments


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



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


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

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


    Posted on October 29th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

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

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


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


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



    (Click here for the  above full PennLive story.)

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


    Posted on October 23rd, 2018 Becky 1 comment

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


    Posted on October 19th, 2018 Becky No comments

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



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


    Posted on October 15th, 2018 Becky No comments

    RACE & LNP!

         I am going to repost the federal sexual harassment lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors, Inc. later today so that it is all in one post and not interrupted by other news stories.


         Why isn’t LNP covering this federal lawsuit? I went back and checked the number of stories LNP did on Powel Steel, which was a private company owned by Steve Powell, who was also a long-time McCaskey basketball coach who died this June. And Powell was black.

         They did 14 stories between the announcement that he was filing for bankruptcy on February 19 of 2013 until January 23 of 2014 when they ran an article stating a judge had dismissed his bankruptcy. In all, 16 stories in less than a year on the struggles of a small, private company owned by a black man. 
         But LNP will not cover a timely, important and shocking sexual harassment lawsuit against a large Lancaster auto sales company. Amazing!
         The below is from January 3rd, 2014 on this site and the original is here.   

    Posted on October 11th, 2018 Becky 9 comments



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

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


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


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



    (Click here)

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


    Posted on October 10th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

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

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


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



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

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    75% REDUCTION!

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


    Posted on October 9th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


    — & HORSE THIEF? —    

        Wow I didn’t know you could postpone a hearing because “you’re not available”. Smh
    Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the above story (click here).  
         This is very strange and Lyons had at least a month’s notice of today’s date. What could he be busy doing?
          I wonder if the two bail bondsmen who each put up $500,000 are getting nervous?
         Lyons is no longer living with his wife who is seeking a divorce. He is now living with his mother. When the Sheriff’s Office tried to serve him on September 17th in one of the many bankruptcy related filings the result is below:



         Yes, apparently someone stole Charlie’s badge! From the CrimeWatch entry there is this (click here): 
         On Thursday 04 October 2018, Off. Berry and Charlie were on mounted patrol in downtown Lancaster City. At some point during his patrol, Charlie’s badge holder came loose from the harness.
         Off. Herr was in the area of W. King St. and Prince St. and located the leather portion that held the badge, but the badge was missing and presumed to have been removed from the leather holder. 
         The bottom rocker portion of the badge is engraved “H-2”. We have included a photo of what the actual badge looks like in the leather holder. The missing/stolen item is the metal.
         It’s lucky that there are lots of Safety Coalition cameras in the area (please see the above insert from the camera map and the blue arrow was inserted indicating W. King and Prince Streets). Can the Lancaster City Police solve this crime? Will the cameras finally prove helpful?


    *     Today, MAW has 10 employees, down from about 25 in April 2017. They’re divided between Reading and Lancaster, with Lancaster accounting for about half its business, he said.

    From the LNP article linked to below.


          This is simply unacceptable and downright ridiculous reporting by Tim Stuhldreher and his LNP editors. What business do they have in Reading? I’ve been asking this question since March of last year and no one has answered it (click here):

         Where else has MAW “rolled out?” They created one hot spot downtown in the city of Reading! That’s it! Supposedly they have “institutional clients” and cellular companies using them but we have no idea who they are!
          You would think that after two years and over $5 million dollars, someone at LNP would directly ask MAW president Frank Wiczkowski: “Exactly what other business do you have?” And if they have all this business in Reading, why did they need a loan? And why didn’t they go to a bank for the loan?

    $14,900 MONTHLY!


         Last spring, when MAW began rolling out service to business and residential customers, the city loaned it $1.5 million for startup costs.
         The first payment was due this month; It was received Thursday, city business administrator Patrick Hopkins confirmed.
         The monthly installments of just over $14,900 are to continue over the next seven years. Asked if MAW will be able to make the payments, Wiczkowski said: “Absolutely.”
    From the September 16th LNP article (under the sidebar), “Some LanCity Connect customers lose service as PPL removes ‘unauthorized’ equipment,” (click here).
         LIP News will put in monthly Right to Know requests to make sure the city receives the payments.
    Please check back later today.   


    Posted on October 8th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


         Also, a plug for our new email newsletter, Power & Policy, written by a team of watchdog reporters: Janesch [Sam Janesch, their political reporter, who he says will be posting updates tonight under the article], county government reporter Carter Walker and City Hall reporter Tim Stuhldreher.
    LNP editor Tom Murse posting under their debate article.
         Oh, my heavens! I don’t even have time for these lies and nonsense today. How long has Walker been out of college? And all I have to say about Stuhldreher is “MAW COMMUNICATIONS!” What a very sad joke.

    *   Let’s not forget the $30,000 bonus Beverly Steinman gave Roda in the form of a scholarship to her daughter from her tax-free fund (click here)! These Steinmans think they can get away with anything!


    (Click here for the above debate story, Barbara Hough Roda)
         “It will be moderated by Barbara Hough Roda, community liaison for LNP and LancasterOnline, and Tom Baldrige, president and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber.”
         Barbara Hough Roda should not be moderating this debate! Lloyd Smucker wrote the CRIZ specifically for LNP to give them millions of your dollars for their Marriott Hotel expansion. Beverly (Peggy) Steinman, LNP’s owner, has given Smucker thousands and thousands of dollars for his campaigns.
         This is another travesty from LNP!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on October 7th, 2018 Becky 8 comments
    *    The below events at the convention center are not filling the Marriott Hotel (click here). It will be used for 11 days in October and 10 days in November! (I wonder how much they are charging McCaskey for their homecoming.)



         We stayed here for my best friend’s wedding. First off, when I booked, I ended up having to book a second night. When I called to change my reservation, the girl was very rude on the phone, and claimed the wedding wasn’t blocked off for Friday, just Saturday. So I would have to pay full price. When I told the bride, she said that was not the case. The groom ended up calling to change my booking. The couple called everyone who had booked from the wedding to make sure they got the negotiated price. Apparently I wasn’t the only one they tried to make pay the non-wedding rate.
    From a review of the Lancaster Marriott Hotel on Yelp from August of last year (click here).
         The “20/20” episode on the murder of Christy Mirack on Friday began by stating that Lancaster is a well known wedding destination.
         I learned this several years ago when I happened on Marriott reviews and everyone was there for a wedding. The convention center is not filling the Marriott and not the reason they are expanding – weddings are!
         Why is this such a secret?


    Posted on October 4th, 2018 Becky 4 comments
         I know you are probably tired of reading about former Police Chief Keith Sadler and his ex-wife’s book stating he beat her for years and the absolute hypocrisy of the LNP editorial board regarding it. I’m tired of writing about it!
         But it’s true and it’s absolutely awful and if Suzanne Cassidy, Tom Murse and Barbara Hough Roda of LNP think they can get away with their unbelievable cover-up because Sadler resigned for a new position before the new mayor came in, well, they are wrong and other news organizations will find out!
         There will be more tomorrow – including a list – because as Robert Field of writes, these individuals are guilty of so much hypocrisy and so much false reporting that it is unbelievable, unethical and inhumane.
    **  Lancaster city police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser announced at a community forum Thursday that the unnamed, female officer who left the message was suspended without pay for an unspecified amount of time.
         …Berkihiser also said an officer who interacted with a witness during a July 5 arrest captured on video broke standards of conduct.
         A video shows an officer threatening to arrest a woman filming the incident.
         That officer also was not identified and also was suspended without pay for an unspecified amount of time, Berkihiser said.
    From the LNP article, “Canadian says suspension for Lancaster officer who left threatening voicemail is ‘step in the right direction’ but not enough,” (click here).
    Do not brag about the Lancaster City Police, LNP, with your absurd headline (see below)! Do not tell me that they are “among best in U.S.” We still do not know the identity of the female officer who left the message and for exactly how long she was suspended. And she should be fired!
         And while the second incident is obviously Detective Nathan Nickel, he has never been formally named by the police and he also assaulted a prone, incapacitated suspect on the ground in the same video. He has probably been using excessive force and intimidating civilians for years!
         This is very disturbing and yet no one; not the mayor or city council or LNP is demanding answers!
    [Editor’s note: While the police were discussing de-escalation methods and tactics, Councilwoman Janet Diaz specifically asked about “hostage situations.” Chief Jarrad Berkihiser was evasive and did not really answer her question but I need to listed to the live-stream again and be more specific about his reply in light of the recent police shooting death of Ricardo Avenia (“Macho”).  But good for Diaz!]


    *    To read the full NewsLanc article – click here. City Councilwoman Janet Diaz live-streamed last night’s Police Use of Force meeting and you can watch it on her Facebook page – click here.

    & BEST IN U.S.?

         I am having internet connection problems this morning. But coming later today, these stories!




    Posted on October 3rd, 2018 Becky 5 comments

         Important Meeting tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 in City Hall (click here for the Facebook page for the event).

    ***  Apparently Randy Patterson decided by himself in July that there would be no more food carts. Why? Did it apply to everyone? Who gave him the authority?


    **   LIP News has exclusively obtained the below recent Attorney – Client Agreement. The names have been redacted at this time.


    *  You would think Randy would have more important things to worry about! Like that $1.5 million dollar loan the city gave to MAW Communications that will never be paid back!



         “There are no other permitted carts out there,” Randy Patterson, director of economic development and neighborhood revitalization, told City Council at Monday’s committee meeting.
         “It makes no sense to me to have a city ordinance to address a single cart in a single location,” he said.
         City Council concurred, and gave Patterson the go-ahead to draft an ordinance that would eliminate the food cart ordinance for downtown.
    From today’s LNP article, “Lancaster city looks to eliminate little-used downtown food cart permits,” (click here).
         Really, Randy? Suddenly you are worried about an ordinance that you claim no one is using? Does it have anything to do with this video and recent developments?


    Please check back later today.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2018 Becky No comments

         The Caucus will continue and will now also be offered as a digital, subscription edition (click here).  What a disgrace! There will be more tomorrow.


    **   The LNP article, “LNP, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, team up to cover Pennsylvania state government,” is now online – click here.

    The Money Man!

    *   Speaking of “investigative reporting,” there was a long city council committee meeting last night (you can watch it here). And as always, LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher had lots of questions. Oh, this man is always asking about the money!
         And yet, he couldn’t figure out that MAW Communications owns a building valued at $89,000 in Reading and Lancaster City gave them a loan for $1.5 million dollars! Amazing!
         A review of his latest article and LNP’s editorial about MAW Communications/LanCity Connect is coming!


    A front page headline in today’s LNP print edition.

        You have to be an investigative reporter to try and understand this article (not currently online that I could find). Will the Caucus still exist? I honestly don’t know! There is also talk of “Spotlight PA” and the “PA Post.”
         I will read this about fifteen more times and see if I can figure it out! When it goes online I will link and maybe you can help me out! Yikes!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on October 1st, 2018 Becky 8 comments

      —  To Be Continued tomorrow. —



          Brett Hambright, spokesman for District Attorney Craig Stedman, has been tweeting today about a ceremony at LGH this morning about domestic violence. In the above he quotes DA Craig Stedman and Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser as follows:
    —    Stedman: Children in domestic violence settings are forgotten victims. “What they see, what they hear” have ‘profound effect.’
    — Berkihiser: Domestic violence, unfortunately, “still widely accepted” in our communities.
         That’s touching, guys. Why didn’t either of you speak up about former Police Chief Keith Sadler whose ex-wife has written a book stating he beat her for years?
         And the way they got away with it: Because LNP decided to use their extreme power as the only news source in Lancaster County to withhold that information from the public so as not to embarrass Mayor Gray who was supporting and shoveling them money for their convention center/hotel. Unbelievable – but true!


    **  On the same Sunday night, September 16th, that a Lancaster City Police Officer shot and killed Ricardo Avenia, there was another shooting (click here for the police press release a portion of which is below):
         On Sunday 16 September 2018 at approximately 2241 hrs. Officers from Lancaster City and assisting Police agencies from Lancaster County responded to the 500 blk. Green St. for a report of a shooting. 
         Upon arrival, Officers found a male with a gunshot wound to the area of his neck/ face. The victim was conscious and walking and held a towel on the injury. The male was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The injury does not appear to be life threatening. 
         While clearly overshadowed by the police involved shooting, there has not been another word about this! Where does the investigation stand? What is the man’s condition today?



    *    The first arriving Officer located a male who was walking toward the Police cruiser. The male, a 24 year old resident of Lancaster City, was holding a tee shirt to his neck and was bleeding from a gun shot wound to his neck. 
    From the police press release just issued (click here).


    Click here for the Facebook page. 

         WGAL has a brief piece up on the shooting last evening at about 6:30 pm at Manor and Old Dorwart Streets (click here).
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on September 28th, 2018 Becky 7 comments


         At the quad apartment shared by Garvey and Stinar, police said they seized over 1 pound of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol edibles and tetrahydrocannabinol wax, along with packaging materials, digital scales, cash, drug paraphernalia and a digital safe.
         Both men were cooperative at the scene, police said. Garvey is from Middletown, New Jersey. Stinar is from Forest Hill, Maryland.
         …Warrants have been issued for their arrest, police said. Attorneys for both have communicated with police, according to a news release issued by Elizabethtown police Friday.
    From today’s LNP story, “Former Elizabethtown College students charged after police find drugs in campus apartment ,” (click here).
         Why weren’t they arrested on the scene? Is it because they were “cooperative” or is it because they are white or because they live on a college campus or all of the above? Warrants have been issued for their arrest? Unbelievable!

     **  I am simply going to put this out there. There is a story on the original LIP News site called “Charlie’s Promise.”
         It’s a true story about an astonishing boy I met and fell in love with at a summer camp in 1972.
         That fall he attended Dartmouth College and I attended Hartwick College. I went “up” to Dartmouth about once a month. He joined a fraternity. The stories I could tell. I used to go back to Hartwick and tell my friends I couldn’t tell them what happened while I was “up there” – they wouldn’t believe me.
         But there was something he told me over the phone that stands out. He said they had a party and invited what he said was a “stripper” or a “prostitute.” He said there was a line up the steps to the room she was in.
         We never really discussed it further. He wasn’t in the line. It was the 70’s and we had so much else to talk about.
         At the time, I just hoped it wasn’t a random girl they got drunk – which happened a lot. Nothing makes it okay and my boyfriend was also disgusted but it was part of the “culture” that was Dartmouth back then. 
         So do I believe Julie Swetnick’s description of what went on at Brett Kavanaugh’s elite all boy’s school? Oh, you better believe it. The question is: Did Kavanaugh participate?


    *    A tweet by former LNP sports editor and now deputy opinion editor(!) Chris Otto several days ago.

         I did not see Otto respond to the question, but maybe it’s because to work at racist LNP, you also have to throw all the journalism principles and ethics you ever learned out the window! Their prior digital editor and social media manager both went to the Reading Eagle. And with their new paywall, it is surely not growth!



    Today’s LNP editorial in print (not currently online) and Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy.
         LNP Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy is a proven liar. A flat-out liar. Why would anyone believe a word this woman says? Why in the world should this liar tell the people of Lancaster County daily what they should and should not believe or do? 
    Click here for “A TERRIBLE LYING START… BY SUZANNE CASSIDY” from September of 2014 on this site and check back later today.

    Posted on September 27th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    — OMG! This is a sob fest! —

    — Watching Brett Kavanaugh this afternoon. —


    From today’s LNP article titled online, “Q&A: Lancaster police chief discusses community relations after fatal officer-involved shooting,” (click here).    

         Videos have caught your police acting very, very badly in the last several months. What you see in those Facebook live videos is the truth.
    Please check back later today.

    [Editor’s note: This post has been edited to make the quote larger and more readable.]