Posted on October 5th, 2014 10 comments
THE ROSEBORO MURDER
ANGIE AND RANDY FUNK FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE IN APRIL OF 2014.
The Discovery Channel is now running a terrible piece on the Roseboro murder that I told you was being filmed in April. (click here and click here to watch the piece online). I will have a lot more to say about that, but in the meantime, I stated I received a letter from a lawyer relevant to my coverage of the murder – and I wrote the below shortly after receiving it but never posted it. It seems appropriate now and this latest coverage must have sparked it:
A letter from a lawyer came in the mail on Friday. The lawyer who hand-signed it is a principal in a large, well-known and prestigious law firm. It is a long, very detailed two page letter and apparently I even have a “File Number!”
To my astonishment, the letter concerns a post I made over five years ago during the Michael Roseboro trial and comments that appear beneath it.
The letter states [I have deleted his client’s name]:
Though the commenters on LIPNews.com have a First Amendment right to state their opinions regarding Mr. Roseboro, even in harsh terms, they do not have a right to make defamatory statements about others in doing so, or to make false comparisons between Mr. Roseboro, a convicted murder(sic), and others. The malice with which the comments were made is well-demonstrated by their gratuitous nature, as the statements regarding Mr. [deleted] had no relevance to the Roseboro trial.”
The attorney then asks that I remove the comments immediately and goes on to detail seven specific comments by the comment number, the name the commenter used, the date of the comment and the exact time of their comment.
Perhaps most disturbing is his final sentence:
I would also ask you to please provide the IP addresses and any other identifying information for [deleted] and [deleted].
Let me remind you that he is referring to comments made in July of 2009!
My response to this attorney will come next week. Please also see this morning’s very important post immediately below. I will return to this tomorrow. There is so much going on – that is not being covered by the Lancaster Newspapers!
Posted on October 5th, 2014 9 comments
A TOTAL NEWS AND
[Editor's note: This excellent comment also came in from "huh?" yesterday. This is regarding Richard Sheetz, who recently returned to the Lancaster County District Attorney's office - see the two stories immediately below. According to Pennlive.com, Sheetz opened and forwarded many of the hard-core pornography emails exchanged among Governor Corbett's top ranking officials. Pictured top is Barbara Hough Roda, the Executive Editor of the Lancaster Newspapers and below is Suzanne Cassidy, the Editorial Page Editor. There will be more later today.]
Two women at the supposed helm of the LNP. Will there be a story in tomorrow’s newspaper? Will they rake this prick across the coals? Will the newspaper call for his resignation?
Will the newspaper print some of the disgusting things this man forwarded so there is no doubt at all that he wasn’t ‘victimized’ but rather actively took part in forwarding material of an ugly sexual nature that denigrates women?
How many women work in their offices at the DA’s office? If this man had zero compunction and didn’t see anything at all demeaning to women that he would forward this crap to others, then just imagine his conscious and tacit attitude toward women.
The two women at the LNP have a real chance now to just write it out. No need to buddy up to Stedman or to get some ‘soothing’ quotes from him. Dammit! These women need to show they are not tokens but rather agents of change.
If this man forwards crap like this, just imagine what his attitude toward women who are on trial in the courtrooms there with this freaking pig on the prosecuting end. Will LNP grow some ovaries and stand up to that office at last? This is such an opportune time to flex real editorial muscles.
Posted on October 4th, 2014 3 comments
“THE GUY’S A PIG”[Editor's note: This comment in from "huh?" today says it better than I could (see the story immediately below and under the comments there is a link to the Philly papers that describe how vile, crude and disgusting these emails are). Two notes: Suzanne Cassidy, who is referenced, but not by name, is the new editor of the editorial page; Barbara Hough Roda is the executive editor of the paper.
And I chuckled over this adoring and ridiculous article by LNP reporter Brett Hambright not long ago when Sheetz returned to the Lancaster DA's office - click here for "Prosecutor of Pa.'s most notable criminals returns to Lancaster DA's office." Hambright doesn't have a clue what he's talking about and I covered Roderick Frey's trial in 1979 for the paper version of LIP and was in the courtroom at midnight when the death verdict was returned by the jury.]
This guy FORWARDED the emails. He can’t even begin to plead “victim” status as someone who received unwanted emails. That is the one thing that I thought about when I read about this. If someone is a recipient but doesn’t solicit ugly emails then they are not necessarily “guilty” of distributing porn on state time.
Richard Sheetz not only received them, he then viewed them and then forwarded them. The guy’s a pig. And these are the MEN who stand in judgment of women in Lancaster county? The guy should be fired today and there should be a nice big ol’ editorial by the woman who is the purported editor of the Lancaster papers. If he is distributing emails that demean and denigrate women, if I were an attorney in Lancaster I sure as hell would appeal to the courts to review any guilty pleas that any women received when tried by this guy. He shows a pattern of disrespect and good ol’ boy attitude towards women and I wouldn’t put anything past this bastard.
Posted on October 4th, 2014 11 comments
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* Participation was a lot easier to gauge for Richard A. Sheetz Jr., who as executive deputy attorney general directing the criminal law division was one of Corbett’s top deputies.
Sheetz, who retired from the state office after Kane’s election, received scores of the sexually-charged emails, and on about 30 occasions, he passed them on.
Most of Sheetz’s forwards appeared to be to one individual. Sometimes it is to one of his former colleagues who was named as a porn recipient by Kane last week; other times it’s to a lone, blacked out name.
But a telltale detail tells the reviewer how little anxiety Sheetz must have felt over the sexual material, which pretty clearly violated a longstanding OAG policy barring the use of state computers to access sexual materials.
In all of the emails he sent, Sheetz’s full name, title, office address and telephone number sat at the bottom of the page, just as if he were reviewing major case strategy with one of his prosecutors.
From Pennlive.com (click here).
Sheetz in now employed by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office under DA Craig Stedman.
FILTHY, DISGUSTING & VILE!
Seriously, LNP? Swarming insects? There is a horrific, unsolved home invasion in Clay Township in which a 23-year-old man was shot and killed slightly over a week ago. Are you going to do any follow-up on that? What are the police doing? Why haven’t they and the District Attorney’s Office released more information to the public? Who are the killers and why haven’t they been arrested?
An then there is the email scandal. In fact, that is what your editorial is about today (click here for, “Pornographic email scandal in Harrisburg reveals appalling lack of judgment”). One of the two Lancaster men involved works in the District Attorney’s Office – Richard Sheetz. What was his role in this? Oh, and it demonstrates far more than an “appalling lack of judgment.” The emails are filthy, disgusting and vile.
So did Sheetz open them, respond to any of them, forward any of them to anyone else? This man is paid by the public to protect and serve the citizens of Lancaster County! What was his role in this? The public needs to know – now!
Please check back later today.
Posted on October 3rd, 2014 6 comments
TELL THE PUBLIC
WHAT IS GOING ON!Lancaster City Police Detective Mike Winters (closest to the front) and colleagues on Prince Street this morning. Shouldn’t the citizens of Lancaster be made aware of what is going on when there are multiple detectives, some with rifles, on the street?Were they hunting for the killer of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor from over two years ago? Winters is the lead detective on that unsolved murder. Were they hunting for the McDonalds shooter who shot a man on July 3rd of this year at 575 N. Franklin Street? Were they hunting for the robbers of the Plum Street Turkey Hilll? Were they hunting for the city home invaders who shot a man and pistol whipped a nine-year-old girl?Reportedly, a man and woman were taken into custody although the reason/charges are not known at this time.It’s First Friday – have a good one and be very careful out there!(Photos courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page)
Posted on October 3rd, 2014 No comments
BLATANT MISCONDUCT!“I believe in term limits of one if you are not doing a good job, regardless of the office or branch of government,” Stedman [District Attorney Craig Stedman] said Thursday.From the LNP story, “Manheim Township GOP: Two terms is enough for county, local officials,” (click here).Isn’t that clever, DA Stedman? In the ultimate irony, the Lancaster Newspapers are running a photo of Stedman with the story from last Christmas evening when he rushed to East Lampeter and held an impromptu press conference on the shooting death of two-month-old Kestyn Davis by her father, G. Scott Davis, House Member Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law.His blatant misconduct and favoritism in handling that case should be investigated and he should be removed from office. Period.Please check back later today.
Posted on October 2nd, 2014 7 comments
& LAWYERS AND NONSENSE!We don’t know why this man is rolling his eyes and looking up – is it the possible new name of LNP – “Always Lancaster” – or was he just talking to a lawyer? Actually, we do know – but you have to keep reading!Just when you think you are beginning to understand the legal system in this country – you are suddenly humbled by how little you know and have yet to learn.Case in point: I published on this site several days ago that Marie Lavaud’s bail had been modified from $150,000 cash to $150,000 unsecured bail and she had been released from Lancaster County Prison. That is stated on her docket and it is true – but then came something shocking I never heard of before. According to the Clerk of Courts Office this morning, there is this condition with the bail reduction that is not stated on her docket:“The original bail will be reinstated upon discharge from inpatient treatment following completion of medical or mental health treatment at which time defendant will be returned to Lancaster County Prison.”So, her bail was only modified and reduced so she could receive treatment at LGH and once that is completed she is returned to prison with her bail reset at $150,000 cash for two misdemeanors. I am shocked and I will get explanations for this and print them here as soon as I can. Click here for “MARIE LAVAUD IS JAILED.”On a somewhat lighter note, I had a most pleasant chat with an attorney this morning – of course, I did most of the talking which I think is wise whenever you have the misfortune of having to speak to a lawyer. Another federal case against the Lancaster Police Department has settled – and while everyone says the settlement amount is public information – you have to actually get someone to provide you with that figure and the details!I was given the common sense, effective way to do that this morning! It was one of those “oh, oh, oh…that makes sense” humbling moments! Thank you. This is going to be used for your case as well, you know that don’t you? Thank you very much for speaking with me. I will obviously have more on this shortly.So, is the man in the picture rolling his eyes at the Lancaster Newspaper’s possible new name “Always Lancaster” (see immediately below on this site)? It sounds like a movie title, doesn’t it? Is it possible they chose something that wretched? But no, that’s not the reason.The picture was posted on the “People of Lancaster” Facebook page as an excellent parody of this ridiculous LNP article by Claudia Esbenshade, “Hey Lancaster, look up! Facebook page highlights what’s above our heads,” (click here). Please! Claudia must know the owner of the page. At last check, even after this article, only 153 people “like” it.Finally, LNP is playing this story large, “Nationally-known analyst predicts a win for Wolf,” (click here). Oh, please! If Wolf doesn’t win it will be the largest political upset in Pennsylvania’s history – and I’m not even a “nationally-known analyst” and I know this!
Posted on October 2nd, 2014 8 comments
*** – “Always LIP” What do you think? I like it! I really, really like it!
** *** BREAKING NEWS *** Big Kev just sent in this comment:
Off topic: Yesterday morning, I was driving outside the city and saw a yard sign in the ground “Always Lancaster” 10-16-14. As I was returning home, I noticed these same signs attached to all the sidewalk newspaper boxes. Will this be the name of the new newspaper: Always Lancaster?
Have mercy! Click here for AlwaysLancaster.com! Can it be? Thank you, Big Kev!!
* Click here for the complete Letter-to-the-Editor now online.
REAL POWER STARTS
IN THE COURTHOUSE!
…Our district attorney sidestepped inquiries about the lack of diversity in his own office and at the Lancaster County Courthouse. Everyone who knows anything about power knows the real power starts in the courthouse.
I am sorry to point out that African-Americans are not represented in most of these offices — from the sheriff’s office to the recorder of deeds and our courthouse halls. It is amazing to me that, in a county of over 500,000, there is not even a black bailiff. And, just as in Ferguson, blacks are not represented in the surrounding police departments.
From a Letter-to-the-Editor in today’s LNP print edition regarding the recent NAACP forum by Roger A. Culbreth Sr. (not currently online – I will link when it becomes available).
This is an excellent letter and the real power absolutely starts in the courthouse – and at the Lancaster Newspapers who have ignored – in fact even promoted the lack of diversity – for years. I have the exact figures and will republish them this afternoon.
…Keim [Melody Keim, vice president for programs and initiatives for the Lancaster County Community Foundation] said her first meeting of a 16-member steering committee for the Lancaster City Alliance’s economic strategic planning effort reinforced her view that diversity is sometimes forgotten. She was the only woman on the committee. (One more has since joined.) And there was only one non-white member.
From the September 29th article by Jeff Hawkes, “Promoting diversity, foundation challenges white, male power structure,” (click here).
What Hawkes doesn’t tell the public is that the two highest ranking officers at the Lancaster Newspapers under owner Beverly (Peggy) Steinman are deeply involved in the Lancaster City Alliance – Robert M. Krasne, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Publisher (top photo) and John Kirkpatrick III, President.
What an absolute disgrace!
Please check back later today.
Posted on October 1st, 2014 7 comments
* My friend wanted to make sure that I ask “Amber” if her incident was reported to the police. If it wasn’t, please call them now and report it!
Under the initial story, Amber sent this comment:
Thank goodness for these women! This same guy pushed his way into my neighbor’s house which is connected to my house a week ago. My neighbor, who’s dealing with stage 4 cancer and was home alone with his young kids at the time managed to push him back out. The creepy guy was looking for someone who called the cops on him. So scary!
DON’T MESS WITH MY FRIEND!My friend who sat on the burglar in Ephrata and was featured in a Lancaster Newspaper story (see below on this site), woke up to two flat tires this morning. Her car was parked on the street with nine other cars and hers was the only one damaged. They let the air out of the two driver’s side tires and ruined the valve stems.She obviously feels she was targeted and that it was retaliation even though that is why she did not let any of the media use her name. The police took a report and homeowners in the area with cameras are checking them.She said by phone this afternoon, “If you call in a tip to crime stoppers you get a thousand dollars but if you sit on the guy you get targeted and retaliation. What’s wrong with that picture?” A lot and it’s disgusting!She is still feisty however, and insists that anyone else in her shoes would have done what she did. I’m not sure of that at all but what I do know is that nobody better mess with her again because these losers will become this site’s most wanted criminals and they will be tracked down, caught and jailed!**********************************I am behind on multiple stories that have been promised and I apologize. Between letters from lawyers and my brave friend sitting on a burglar and personal items I simply have not had the time to do the research and make the calls that need to be made. I will try to correct that starting tomorrow.I did catch this typo on Lancaster Online’s homepage today and I do enjoy it. Do you think Stark has plans to “pan” any of these new shows? Lol!
Posted on October 1st, 2014 10 comments
No one has been arrested, but Simmons said he believes he’s learned who police are searching for. He and Brett did not know them, he said.
“They did not know my son, and my son did not know them,” he said.
Simmons presumes the two young men somehow thought Brett had money. He declined to say why he thought that, but said the police investigators know.
From today’s front-page, lead story pictured above (click here and please note this has a different headline online).
Yesterday I labeled this story as “bizarre.” Today I am stating this is irresponsible journalism. There are so many holes in this father’s story that it borders on ridiculous. Dan Nephin, the reporter, has a responsibility to explain those holes and raise the obvious questions himself, but he fails to do so. And did he ask the father if he was on medication?
Someone in law enforcement needs to step up to the plate and tell the public what is going on – and they need to do it now!
Nephin’s story is fear-mongering nonsense and the Lancaster Newspapers and Nephin should be ashamed of themselves.
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 30th, 2014 4 comments
AN UNLIVABLE HOME
& A HOME INVASION
The unsolved crime that happened a year ago today is covered by this press release from the East Lampeter Township Police which I originally posted on this site on September 30, 2013 (click here):
ELTPD received information that a retail theft of televisions had occurred at Walmart. It was reported that a White male and a dark skinned male each placed 50 inch Sanyo flatscreen telvisions, valued at $996.00 each, into shopping carts and ran towards the exit. The suspects loaded the televisions into the bed of a silver GMC Sierra pickup truck and exited the parking lot at a high rate of speed. As the truck was exiting the lot one of the TV’s fell out of the truck onto the roadway. It was later discovered that the suspect vehicle had crashed into a residence in the 100 blk of N. Ann St. The second television was still in the bed of the vehicle and was recovered. The suspects were not located. Investigation continues.
I will come back to the latest on this tomorrow.
Dan Nephin of the Lancaster Newspaper’s has a bizarre interview with the father who was shot and whose son was shot and killed in Thursday night’s Clay Township home invasion – click here for “Father of Clay man shot and killed: My son didn’t deserve to die.”
This is the latest update from the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police (click here):
Update – 09/30/2014
Clay Township- 09/25/2014 at 23:04 Hours – 500 block of Clearview Road
The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department is continuing the investigation into the shooting death of an adult male, and the wounding of another man that occurred during a home invasion.
This investigation began as NLCRPD officers were dispatched to a private residence located in the 500 block of Clearview Road in Clay Township shortly after 11:00 PM on September 25, 2014, for a reported shooting with two victims. According to occupants of the residence two males wearing masks and dressed in dark colored clothing entered the home and shot two of the homes occupants.
The deceased victim is identified as BRETT SIMMONS, age 23 of Clearview Road, in Clay Township, his father identified as JAMES SIMMONS, age 44, of the same address remains hospitalized for ongoing treatment of his gunshot wounds.
Since the initial reporting of the crime there has been a multi-faceted investigative response to the event, including completion of follow interviews, evidence collection and preservation, submission of sampling for forensic analysis, technical analysis of crime scene information, and forensic mapping of the crime scene.
The NLCRPD is being assisted in the investigation by the Office of the Lancaster County District Attorney, who has provided investigators from the Lancaster County Major Crimes Team, and provided assistance from the Victims Services Unit to assist the victims of this crime.
The forensic autopsy of the victim was completed by the Office of the Lancaster County Coroner on Monday morning, and determinations as to the cause and manner of death were formalized, the victim’s death was caused by gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was listed as a homicide.
The Lancaster County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime.
An essential part of the NLCRPD response to this crime is focused on providing community safety and reassurance activities, such as providing escort services for citizens in the affected areas and continued visibility at schools in the area, during arrival, dismissal, and at numerous times during the school day. Citizens with concerns regarding safety issues should call 717-733-0965 and request assistance or additional information.
Further information will be released concerning this investigation as it becomes available. Anyone having further information or who may have been a witness to this event is requested to contact the NLCRPD at 717-733-0965 or via the department’s web page at nlcrpd.org.
Posted on September 30th, 2014 2 comments
WHO IS HOLDING
Joe from Manheim posed this question on this site several days ago:
Why does it take Lancaster County Police so long to solve murders? In addition someone told Lancaster City has many murders that remain unsolved. I’m trying to figure all this out. Does anyone have input as to why our local police are so incompetent?
I do, Joe! I have lots of input and one main reason!
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 29th, 2014 16 comments
PLEASE BE MY NEIGHBOR!I told my friend in Ephrata this morning that the press would be calling! Did they ever! Yes, it was a good friend of mine who sat on the burglar in her neighbor’s house until the police came. She went to the store this morning and came home to find every TV station in front of her house, except WGAL but including Blue Ridge Cable 11, and LNP reporter Dan Nephin!I think what she did is just amazing! I want her for a neighbor as well as a friend! While she was sitting on him and holding his arms down she told him, “You dumb son-of-a-bitch, why don’t you get a job!”Does it get any better than that? She doesn’t want me to use her name either but I hope this story goes national! Both women deserve the recognition!Click here for “2 grandmas catch burglar, subdue him until police arrive.”Please be my neighbor!
Posted on September 29th, 2014 8 comments
DA Stedman caused a stir at the NAACP forum when he opened with a declaration that there is no systematic racial discrimination in Lancaster County.
But there are no African-American or Latino judges in the Lancaster County Courthouse.
As one audience member at the NAACP forum pointed out, officials — even the bailiffs — at the Lancaster County Courthouse are overwhelmingly white.
From Sunday’s editorial, “We must confront the issue of race in Lancaster,” (click here).
You sound like this is news, LNP! I’ve been saying it for ten years! And didn’t your court reporter, Brett Hambright, who walks into the courthouse five days a week, ever tell you this? And actually, every bailiff I have ever seen has been absolutely white – so the “overwhelmingly” doesn’t even apply here! There will be more later today.
On the subject of race, Marie Lavaud had her bail reduced from $150,000 cash to $150,000 unsecured bail and finally, after two months of incarceration on two misdemeanors, she was released from Lancaster County Prison on Friday. There will also be more on this later today.
And LNP reporter Dan Nephin doesn’t even mention race when it matters – the police press release clearly states the Clay home invaders are (click here for the release and also see the story immediately below on this site):
The ongoing investigation has revealed that 2 masked men entered the home and both men were believed to be white or light skinned males.
Nephin caused confusion with readers and commenters because he left this vital information out of his “updated” story – click here for “Clay fatal home invasion suspects’ descriptions released.”
What is wrong with these reporters? Do they have brains? There will also be more on this horrific home invasion later today.
And I received (gasp!) a letter from a lawyer on Friday. It is being reviewed by my legal eagle but I have developed a plan! I am considering buying a Belgium, miniature, short-haired, short-eared, black and white, paper-eating rabbit! That will fix them don’t you think?
It’s national coffee day and I need some because it’s going to be busy!
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 28th, 2014 18 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
The ongoing investigation has revealed that 2 masked men entered the home and both men were believed to be white or light skinned males.
Suspect #1 was described as being a young adult male, 5’9”-5’11”, average to medium build.
Suspect #2 was described as being a young adult male, approximately 5’9”, average to medium build with blonde hair and dark eyes.
From a just released Lancaster City Police press release on the home invasion. Click here to read the entire release.* “There have been no official updates. Nothing has been released to anybody,” the woman who answered the phone at the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department said at 1:45 pm today. They are the lead police department on Thursday night’s home invasion in Clay Township that left 23-year-old Brett Simmons dead and his father in the hospital.She suggested I call back tomorrow. I will.This Facebook update was posted yesterday by one of Brett’s brothers:Thank you all for the prayers and support. Its really hard right now and we’re all devastated. My dad is gonna be fine. I just hope they find those heartless bastards that killed my brother. I’m gonna miss you bro, we all love you so much. Rest in peace.
BY DA STEDMAN!
Yesterday, at 1:49 pm, Lancaster Newspapers reporter Brett Hambright updated his story on Thursday night’s home invasion in which a 23-year-old was shot dead and his father is in critical condition, with these two sentences from DA Stedman (click here):
“This was a pre-planned home-invasion,” District Attorney Craig Stedman said Saturday afternoon. “So these individuals are especially violent and extremely dangerous.”
That’s all? That’s fairly self-evident! Stedman does not give the public any idea of the motive, a further description of these two men or what precautions the public should be taking! Stedman has totally failed to inform or protect the public he is paid to protect and serve as the chief law enforcement officer of Lancaster County.
This is reprehensible and inexcusable conduct by DA Stedman and the Lancaster Newspapers who have not updated the story since yesterday afternoon. The public has a right and a need to know. Now!
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 26th, 2014 8 comments** UPDATED 9-27-14 – “This was a pre-planned home-invasion,” District Attorney Craig Stedman said Saturday afternoon. “So these individuals are especially violent and extremely dangerous.”This quote from Stedman is the latest in the press on the home invasion in Clay Township Thursday night that left Brett Simmons, 23, dead and his father in critical condition (click here).Make arrests then, DA Stedman, or tell the public more information! I would think most home invasions are “pre-planned.” Was this for money, drugs, revenge or something else?The public has a right and a need to know! This is terrifying!
A PROBATION VIOLATION &
A GROWING EMAIL SCANDAL
There is so much going on:
There was a horrific home invasion in Clay Township last night leaving one man dead and another critically injured (click here for WGAL’s coverage).
Rikki Lynn Salzman is scheduled to have her probation violation hearing this morning at 9:00 am before Judge Howard Knisely (see the story immediately below on this site).
And we should learn much more about the pornographic emails allegedly received by high ranking Governor Corbett staff members including two from Lancaster County – Kevin Harley and Richard Sheetz (click here).
What a Friday. Please check back later today.
Posted on September 25th, 2014 2 comments
GIVE IT A REST, CONRAD!From left to right, Judge Knisely, Attorney Conrad and DA Stedman.“We are hopeful that the judge will show mercy to Ms. Salzman in this rather unique and unfortunate situation,” Conrad [defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad] said.From today’s LNP article, “Boy found at abuser’s home a week after she was sentenced to house-arrest,” (click here).Give it a rest, Conrad! Judge Howard Knisely already showed far too much “mercy!” Do you have LNP reporter Brett Hambright on speed dial so you can make the case for your clients in the press before they go to court?And how and why are you getting all of these cases? You previously were in the District Attorney’s office and, in fact, you briefly ran against Craig Stedman to be the District Attorney! This is all a little too chummy and in-bred and I will put in a Right-To-Know request to find out how much money you are making from the taxpayers.And in one of the last editorials he wrote for the New Era before he was canned for the racist cartoon – and one of the few editorials of his I ever agreed with, James Burchik wrote this about Rikki Salzman (click here):Instead of throwing the book at Salzman, Judge Howard Knisely accepted a plea deal worked out between the woman’s lawyer and prosecutors. The deal provided for just six months of house arrest and three years of probation.The editorial then goes on to compare her sentence to that of the 14-30 years in prison received by former school teacher Christy Lee smith.This is beyond ludicrous and disgusting! On August 21st, I published the below on this site (lick here). This is blatant favoritism and corruption on so many levels and it needs to be investigated and stopped, Judge Howard Knisely, District Attorney Craig Stedman and Jeffrey Conrad!***************************************I was asked in a comment to this site how Rikki Salzman could have possibly avoided jail time for her three, third-degree felony charges (see yesterday’s post). This is how (click here):
Matthew T. Salzman of Landisville, highest proficiency in firearms award and most inspirational cadet
And bring in defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad, who is so adept at handling these “delicate” cases for the DA’s office involving politicians or policemen. There will be more tomorrow.
Posted on September 25th, 2014 2 comments
& THE WEALTHY ARE
This excellent comment in this morning under “CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS! – 2″ below on this site:
The answer to the question is a resounding yes. The Brunswick was a dog of a building. If you were to be given it for free, you could still not make any money there if you invested what was needed to actually transform it to a marketable product. That is why it has kept changing hands over the past 2 decades. Once it lost the federal contract it had guaranteeing revenue, it went into a tailspin. Even with bank/creditor concessions, it did not work. Enter John Meeder…a savvy developer who knows Lancaster, not some carpetbagger. He would not have invested dollar #1 without full knowledge of the public windfall coming his way. Someone needs to revive that great 5th Estate cartoon with the Penn Square Partners’ heads in the “public” trough and add Meeder to the picture. CRIZ is a scam and the joke is on the taxpayers of Lancaster County. Meeder is no better than a PSP.
Of course, the PSP is made up of the Lancaster Newspapers and High Industries. Your “local newspaper” is run by greedy thieves, liars and racists! Unbelievable!!
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 24th, 2014 No comments
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
“It was a drunk decision, not a conscious one,” he [well-known Elizabethtown businessman Ryan F. Bracken] said. “I don’t use that as an excuse at all. What I did was evil and I’m not denying that.”
From today’s LNP article, “Coffee shop owner on sex abuse at store party: ‘What I did was evil…’ (click here).
There are simply no words for this bizarre story! Your honesty is appreciated by everyone except your attorney and family. When you heard, “This is Brett Hambright with the Lancaster Newspapers” on the phone did it not occur to you that you should say “no comment” and hang up? What a sad, twisted tale.
Two apparently former Lancaster County Career & Technology Center staffers — one an official — have admitted engaging in sexual activity in a county park.
The opening sentence from today’s LNP story by Dan Nephin, “Career & Technology Center employees admit sexual activity at county park,” (click here).
Yes, you can imagine all the comments this article produced both on their website and Facebook page! Is it news? Yes, they were charged, plead guilty and were fined. It’s public information and newsworthy – but certainly not as a major story, especially several months after the fact (someone must have called LNP with a “tip”). And these are the papers that never told the public that Representative Mike Sturla’s son was arrested twice – so blowing up this story into a major article annoys me to no end. It was done for salacious reasons only.
“I’m devastated that Pete Ruggieri is off the marriage market,” said no woman ever!
Oh, Pete, I’m just having some fun but adding “and Central PA” to the title of your “People of Lancaster” Facebook page has to be one of the dumbest moves you’ve ever made – except for that whole running for mayor thing!
The smartest move you’ve ever made – marrying Stephanie this Saturday. She seems, by all appearances, inexplicably sensible and nice. Yes, Pete is getting married in three days and you can read all about their meeting, courtship and his lousy, non-proposal if you click here for their page on “The Knot!”
Finally, from the Lancaster County Democrats, I enjoy this “down-to-earth video” by three candidates. One commented that they made the video all by themselves. Um… yes, it’s fairly obvious no professionals were involved! But I like it.
Posted on September 24th, 2014 5 comments
AN INSIDE TRACK?
Becky, is there anything about this CRIZ money and Meeder taking control of the Brunswick that suggests he had an inside track on how the money was going to be used? I’m not saying there is, it’s just curious that someone so well connected was able to get control of a major property right before reports that this same property could benefit from these state grant $$$..
An email I published on this site last September (click here).
This is unbelievable! Click here for today’s LNP article – and where is their disclosure of the newspaper’s interest in the Marriott Hotel – “Hotel Lancaster first to receive boost from new CRIZ program.”
This is simply unbelievable! Everything is being done for the six blocks around the convention center and for tourists – not the residents of the city. Someone needs to investigate this and see if this is criminal on the part of Meeder, Mayor Gray and the Lancaster Newspapers!
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 23rd, 2014 2 comments
* I got home late and must see today’s Dr. Phil: “My Husband Spanked Me with a Wooden Spoon, and He Wants Me to Apologize?!” (click here).
The husband from Ephrata was on yesterday and he is a complete and total nut-case! We’ll see what she has to say today…
LIP News will be back tomorrow.
STEDMAN MUST BE BLIND!Stedman [District Attorney Craig Stedman] maintained that justice is colorblind. He has seen no systematic pattern of racism of police arrests here, he said.From today’s LNP article, “Ferguson, Mo. is closer to Lancaster for African-Americans than it is for officials at forum,” (click here).Oh, that is just total BS and Stedman knows it!! I could point to post after post on this site but I’ll start with “EQUAL JUSTICE? – 3″ (click here). Explain that, Stedman!Please check back later today.
Posted on September 22nd, 2014 8 comments
* It is one of those days when I have so much I want to say that I don’t know where to begin. So, I’ll begin tomorrow after this evening’s NAACP panel discussion. I do think that Police Chief Keith Sadler and District Attorney Craig Stedman should be grilled on their hiring and the efforts being made to diversify their staffs.
And if Sadler says anything again about military service, then please see this article about their latest three hires who currently live in York. I don’t see any military service mentioned in the police press release and the idea that there are not qualified minority men and women in Lancaster City, with or without military service, is absolutely outrageous, ludicrous and a lie!
A panel discussion on Police and Community Interaction will be held this evening at Ray’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. at 49 South Ann Street from 6-8:30 pm. This forum is an effort by the NAACP and South Ann St. Concerned Neighbors to facilitate a discussion about how the community and police can engage in positive interactions in order to prevent tragedies like Furgeson, MO in the Lancaster County community in the future.
Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman and Police Chief Sadler will participate in the forum among others. The forum is open to the public and free of charge.
Click here for the press release on Lancaster Online and look two stories below on this site for more details.
Elswart Bodden is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing this morning at 10:00 am before Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth. Bodden is charged with attempted criminal homicide for stabbing and critically injuring Annika Horn in her home during a burglary on September 9th. The preliminary hearing will be held in the Lancaster County Courthouse in courtroom #2 for security reasons and to accommodate the press and public.
Bodden is represented by court appointed defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad.
Almost $50,000 has been raised so far for Annika Horn’s medical bills and other needs (click here).
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 20th, 2014 12 comments
JUST ASK SAXON FARNES!
ON PROBATION &
MANY BENCH WARRANTS!
Saxon Farnes in a selfie from his Facebook page.
EPHRATA: An East Cocalico Township man threatened a person who gave him a ride to Ephrata with a knife, and then urinated on the driver’s seat, police said.
A person gave Saxon Farnes, 24, of Stevens, a ride to Ephrata shortly before midnight Thursday night, Ephrata police Sgt. David Shupp said.
In the 100 block of Grant Street in Ephrata, Farnes pulled a knife and threatened to harm the person.
When the driver jumped out of the vehicle, Farnes urinated on the driver’s seat and smashed the side mirror.
Police took Farnes into custody and charged him with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal mischief.
From Friday’s police log (click here).
Would you like to know Mr. Farnes bail amount? Ten percent of $20,000 or $2,000. He’s charged with a felony – aggravated assault! And you know what – he’s on probation for pleading guilty to Retail Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance from charges brought on July 15, 2013. Yes, in April of this year Judge James P. Cullen in a plea deal sentenced him to three years probation on those charges!
And you want to know what else? He has two other criminal dockets! One from 2009 for Criminal Mischief-Damage Property and Public Drunkenness, and in 2012 he had a DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
And you want to know what else? There have been numerous bench warrants issued and his bail revoked multiple times because Mr. Farnes failed to show up in court when required. Numerous bench warrants!
So now he is charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats and Criminal Mischief-Damaging Property while on probation from other charges and his bail is $2,000!
Wow, it’s nice to be white in Lancaster County!
Posted on September 20th, 2014 8 comments
NAACP AND SOUTH ANN ST. CONCERNED NEIGHBORS TO ASK LAW ENFORCERS:
CAN FERGUSON HAPPEN HERE?
The Lancaster County NAACP and South Ann Street Concerned Neighbors invite members of the Lancaster community to participate in a panel discussion to put a spotlight once again on community and police relations in light of the tragic death of Michael Brown, a teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.
A panel discussion on Police and Community Interaction will be held on Monday, September 22 at Ray’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. on 49 South Ann Street from 6-8:30 pm. This forum is an effort by the NAACP and South Ann St. Concerned Neighbors to facilitate a discussion about how the community and police can engage in positive interactions in order to prevent tragedies of this nature in the Lancaster County community in the future.
Panelists include: District Attorney Craig Stedman, City Chief of Police Keith Sadler, Conrad Moore of Roots of Justice, Pastor Wayne Scott of the Inner City Progressive Pastors Association, Melisa Colema of Kenyon’s Promise, Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, Ismail Smith-Wade-El of Youth Perspective, Martin Kearney of the PA Human Relations Commission and Sandra Thompson, a Civil Rights Attorney and President of the York NAACP.
The Moderators will be Patricia Hopson-Shelton, Assistant to the President for Social Equity and Diversity, Emerita, Millersville University and Gregory Paulson, a City resident and past president of the Lancaster Bar Association.
The forum is free and open to the general public. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 413-1985.
Posted on September 19th, 2014 No comments
A HECK OF A WEEK -
BUT IT’S FRIDAY!
It’s been a week of shock and disgust with the Lancaster Newspapers. Watching and listening to veteran “journalists” lie is not an easy thing to do.
It hasn’t been a good week for Pit Bulls either, with two people hospitalized with their bites. I am still on the fence about these dogs, but I think some of their ardent and even fanatical supporters need to be exceptionally cautious with their Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, especially around children and other dogs.
But it’s Friday – so I present the best and worst of the week in pictures.
Oh, the irony! The Lancaster City Police posted the below flier on their Facebook page with this caption (click here):
OKAY, NOW IT’S TIME TO FIND THIS GUY BEFORE HE KILLS SOMEONE ELSE
Well said, Lancaster Police, now why don’t you apply the same logic to all of the unsolved murders and serious crimes in Lancaster?
Representative Bryan Cutler just continues to amaze with his extremely bad taste and sentiment regarding guns and his brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis, who shot and killed his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve. Thank you to a reader who sent this photo of the targets that are free give-aways by Cutler and his campaign at the Solanco Fair. Unbelievable and disgraceful! This man has to go!
And finally this from NBC News (via “Must See Pic an Vids” Facebook page). They later updated the story to say the officer suffered minor injuries and we hope he heals quickly. But, as NBC says:
You don’t see this everyday.
Well, maybe you’ve never seen me getting my coffee in the morning!
Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow.