Posted on August 12th, 2014 12 comments
*** A man this out of touch with journalism ethics and responsibility and also his lack of humanity is absolutely shocking. Please contact Burchik at the number and email listed below and see the comments for some interesting discussion.
** The editorial is here. Please call or email James Burchik and tell him this is unacceptable!
* James Burchik - (717) 481-6006; email – email@example.com.
“DOG TAKES BULLET,
OWNER DODGES ONE”
The above is the title of today’s New Era editorial in the print edition – not currently online - and it is one of the nastiest, most disgusting things I have ever read. Editorial writer James Burchik laments that the owner of the dog that was shot by a police officer was not charged! I’m not kidding.
His last sentence:
. The owner was understandably distraught over the death of the dog, but merely saying, “I’m sorry” or “I apologize,” doesn’t cut it.
You don’t get it or cut it, James! Resign! You are a very sick man!
I will link to the editorial when it goes online and please check back later today.
Posted on August 11th, 2014 9 comments
LCP: RELEASE THE VIDEO!The Lancaster Police need to establish a special line in the lobby of the police station labeled “Alleged criminals who want to surrender line up here!” Yes, they’ve been surrendering right and left (click here and here) which is a good thing because the historical odds of the Lancaster Police finding them and arresting them are not good at all!Now, to Robert who sent in several ridiculous comments under this post regarding last night’s Turkey Hill robber: I don’t care if he had a mask on or not – release the video from Turkey Hill!Someone might recognize him from his hair. We don’t know how much of his face the mask covered but it surely was not covering his eyes. Someone might recognize him from his eyes, or the combination of his hair and eyes or the combination of his hair, eyes and clothing!We don’t even know his height and weight. Someone might recognize his shoes or the clothing. Someone might recognize the way he walks or swings his arms. Someone might recognize his hands – does he have any tattoos or rings?Robert, it certainly can’t hurt a thing to release the video and it might very well catch the robber! Why in the world wouldn’t the police release it? Why do you think Turkey Hill has all those cameras in the first place?Why do the Lancaster Police continue to refuse to use a proven police tool in catching criminals? Do you think this man will rob again, Robert? Do you think he might use the gun the next time, Robert?Where are the images of this robber and the McDonalds shooter from over a month ago? Why isn’t every media outlet demanding the images?—- The bank robber above was identified when his image was released leading to his surrender. Where could the man go without being identified and the police called?—- It was also brought to my attention that the police may not have released the images of the robber – that the bank may have released them directly to the media. It would be interesting to find out and a tact Turkey Hill might want to start doing.—- All over today’s news and Facebook are the image of two women who shop-lifted from a Wal-Mart and are shown above (click here). The police probably already have their names and know where they live because they got so many calls.Why don’t the Lancaster Police use this proven tool to arrest criminals? What is going on? Why aren’t the mayor and the city council members asking why the images are not being released to both protect the public and identify these violent criminals?The Lancaster Police and Police Chief Keith Sadler need to answer this question now!
TURKEY HILLS HAVE CAMERAS!
The Turkey Hill at 701 N. Plum Street was robbed again last night (click here). Can the Lancaster Police do their jobs and make a prompt arrest before he robs again? And where is the video of this gunman so people can protect themselves and advise the police as to who and where he might be?
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 10th, 2014 10 comments* This lead story in today’s Sunday News print edition is still not online. This is really blatant and unbelievable by the Lancaster Newspapers.LNP “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige was doing a “series” on the unsolved murders (there are sixteen in the city in the last eight years alone). So far there she has done two and the last one was over a month ago. Most police departments would be overjoyed to have publicity to help solve cases. Do you think the Lancaster Police are overjoyed?I’m coming back to one she wrote about, Juan Lopez, later this week. Remember Detective George Bonilla was allowed to take this six-year-old murder file with him when he retired from the city police department and was hired by DA Craig Stedman to be one of his Lancaster County Detectives?And I do apologize, I will return to the police shooting of the dog tomorrow.
“I was tenacious. I kept digging,” he [Lancaster County Detective Dennis Arnold] said in his last days on the job, reflecting on decades of police work. “I never stopped digging.”
Until last week.
Arnold retired at the age of 63, a long way from his start as a Lancaster city police cadet, mere months after graduating from McCaskey High School.
“It was fun, never boring. But I can tell it’s time,” he said. “I’ll let someone else mop up after me.”
It won’t be an easy chore for anyone.
From today’s front-page, lead article in the print edition by Brett Hambright, “Life of crime (solving),” – not currently online.
For once, Hambright unintentionally gets something correct! The mop up sure as hell won’t be an easy chore for anyone! Arnold leaves so many unsolved murders and crimes in his wake, it will be a mind-boggling chore! Maybe Arnold senses that an independent group will be examining the work of the County Detectives, and then, heck yes, it is the right time to retire!
Please check back later today.
*** 8-9-2014 UPDATE ** SECOND UPDATE * UPDATED – IF THE POLICE ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE PUBLIC’S SAFETY…Posted on August 8th, 2014 15 comments
*** Saturday, August 9, 2014 - I have a lot to say about this but it will have to come tomorrow. One note – a number of people on Facebook are saying the officer who shot the dog is named “Hayden.” I cannot find a “Hayden” on the police force. There is an Officer Michael Hagen, who is a very large man both in height and weight. If anyone is sure they know the officer’s name, please send a comment into this site or send me a confidential email (BeckyH209@aol.com). Thank you. Unfortunately, I know Officer Michael Hagen all too well.
LIP News will return tomorrow.
STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN!
I had the below all set to post for this afternoon and then at 3:40 pm I saw this story go up on Lancaster Online: “City police consider dog-shooting case closed,” (click here). There simply are no words.
I didn’t think my disgust for the Lancaster Newspapers could get any deeper but they just keep going lower and lower and throwing journalism ethics, responsibility and protection of the public completely out the window.
This is a comment under the article, “Witnesses: Dog didn’t appear aggressive before officer shot it,” and I think this person has wrapped this whole situation up quite nicely and do open a window because it really, really smells:
So — the Sgt. sez: “It will be reviewed, but there is no time line.” Why not? One would think that an incident that has generated so much interest would be placed on the fast track — or are the police waiting to get the stories straight that justifies the shooting? Who exactly is going to do the review? Other members of the department? Anyone willing to place a wager on the findings if that is the case? Why no comments from either the Chief or the Mayor? Are they not interested? This entire situation is beginning to be like old fish — longer it stays around the more it smells.
* The editorial is here.
Wednesday’s incident in which Lancaster police were forced to put down a menacing pit bull in the Hager parking lot could have been avoided, had the dog’s owner acted more responsibly.
The opening sentence from today’s New Era editorial, “Who to blame in pit bull incident ,” (not currently online).
This is a ridiculous, sickening editorial that resembles the editorials this newspaper ran after the police killing of Gregory Bayne. Unbelievable and disgusting!
The editorial later states:
Police became increasingly concerned for the public’s safety and made the painful decision to use deadly force.
If the police had any concern for the “public’s safety,” they would actually solve crimes like arresting the McDonald’s shooter from over a month ago and arresting the killers of the 16 unsolved murders under Mayor Gray.
There will be much more later today and a link to the editorial when it becomes available.
Posted on August 7th, 2014 11 comments
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!Through follow-up investigation, the suspect has been positively identified as Frank David Hernandez. Hernandez has been charged with (1) Count Robbery before MDJ Ballentine. Det. DePatto has obtained a Warrant for Hernandez. The quick identification of Hernandez is due in large part to the response from the public once the surveillance photos were released to the radio, television, print news and shared through social media.From a police press release late this afternoon on the bank robber pictured below (click here). Hernandez has not been arrested – if you see him or know his whereabouts call 911. There will be much more on this tomorrow.This is the message statement from the “Enough is Enough: Rally at the Police Station” Facebook page for today’s protest (click here):Yesterday afternoon, Lancaster City Police, in a show of extreme force, shot and killed a loose dog in the Hager Parking Lot. Numerous bystanders and witnesses stated that this was entirely unnecessary.
On June 10, 2013, a man named Gregg “G” was shot dead by Lancaster City Police after what was noted to be a minor altercation.
These are merely two extreme incidents of many wherein the police in this town have used excessive force, profiled and been trigger-happy fear mongers.
It is time to say Enough is Enough. Join your neighbors at the police station tomorrow. If you are a dog owner, bring the dog too. We cannot stand to live in a community that is not safe from those charged with protecting it!
* There is a protest planned for today at the Lancaster Police station at 1:00 pm regarding the police shooting of the dog.
& SHOOT AND KILL A DOGLancaster Police are looking for this man who robbed the Santander Bank at 100 E. King Street yesterday afternoon.If you have any information please contact them at 735-3300. Tipsters also may call Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913 or anonymously text LANCS plus your message to 847411 (TIP411).This email in (thank you):Becky – I hope you will check out the story in Lanc News about the dog in the Hager Parking lot. I got there in time to see at least 8 police cars and a white dog (that did not look like a pit bull from where I was standing) standing in the parking lot be brutally shot down. It was disgusting. No one seems to know what the dog did that warranted killing it.Thanks.Click here for “Dog shot, killed by police in downtown Lancaster lot,” and please check back later today.
Posted on August 6th, 2014 No comments
$150,000 CASH BAIL
VERSUS $20,000!Barry Matthew Shue had seven prior, serious criminal dockets beginning in 2002 when he was arraigned before District Judge Rodney H. Hartman on July 11th of this year. He is charged with three first degree misdemeanors for Theft by Unlawful Taking. On these charges from his eighth criminal docket, Hartman set his bail at $20,000 cash.I found another shocking trend in the dockets I reviewed today and that will come tomorrow. But Marie Lavaud is currently in jail on $150,000 cash bail set by Hartman for two misdemeanors (click here). This is simply outrageous! Bail is not punishment! Who is watching these District Justices in Lancaster County?[Editor's note: The picture of Shue is from his testimonial on The Potter's House in Leola website.]
Posted on August 6th, 2014 7 comments
*A REAL ROCKET SCIENTIST?The recent mailer pictured below is a joke! Why would anyone donate to this organization who look for people urinating in parks and smoking marijuana on their porches? Why does the City of Lancaster give them $100,000 annually. Why does the District Attorney’s office give them $100,000 annually?“Safety cameras save lives, money and create peace of mind.” Absolute total bunk! One way to save money would be to fire all the current detectives and hire people who can actually do the job they are paid for and solve crimes.This McDonalds shooter must be the smartest guy in the world to elude the Lancaster detectives for over a month after being seen by more than 25 people, caught on McDonald’s security cameras, knowing the make, model and color of his get-away car and knowing part of his license plate number. Amazing! This guy must really be a rocket scientist!
WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS,
LANCASTER CITY POLICE
The Manheim Township Police released this photo of two men wanted for walking out on a $47.00r bill at the Lyndon City Line Diner on Monday (click here). So why haven’t the Lancaster Police released photos of the shooter of a man at the McDonalds at 575 North Franklin Street over a month ago?
Why? And why aren’t the Lancaster Newspapers asking the police? There was a shooting on Sunday in the city with coalition cameras on the corners. Where are the photos of these shooters so the public can help identify them and the police can make arrests and get these violent and dangerous criminals off the street before they shoot again?
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 5th, 2014 3 comments
THE DOCKET REVIEWFrank Lee got me started today (see the comments under “HISPANICS, BLACKS & ASIANS: PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!” below on this site). I have been through ten days (7-1-2014 through 7-10-2014) of New Holland District Judge Rodney H. Hartman’s criminal dockets and this is going to be exceedingly eye-opening. Wow!But to cut to the chase today, I did find one case in those 10 days where a man also received $150,000 cash bail. That is Paul James Cero, who was charged on July 8th of this year with two third degree felonies stemming from December of 2009. He also made the news in a big way – click here for, “Police: Insurance agent scammed elderly women out of $40,000.”And on July 10th, the charges listed below were filed against Jonathan Joseph Schneider arising from October 12th of 2013. I have no idea why the delay but I do know his docket indicates he is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.This is going to be fascinating!****************************************# Charge Grade Description Offense Dt. Disposition1 18 § 908 §§ A M1 Make Repairs/Sell/Etc Offens Weap 10/12/20132 18 § 908 §§ A M1 Make Repairs/Sell/Etc Offens Weap 10/12/20133 35 § 780-113 §§ A16 M Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg 10/12/20134 35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph 10/12/20135 35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph 10/12/20136 35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph 10/12/20137 35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph 10/12/20138 35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph 10/12/20139 35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph 10/12/201310 35 § 780-113 §§ A32 M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph 10/12/201311 35 § 780-113 §§ A31I M Marijuana-Small Amt Personal Use 10/12/201312 35 § 780-113 §§ A30 M Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent toManufacture or Deliver10/12/201313 18 § 3503 §§ B.11II S Criminal Trespass/Simple Trespasser 10/12/2013
Posted on August 5th, 2014 16 comments
& LNP WITHHELD
All the issues to deal with in PA and this is what our Legislators are doing. Let’s arm disgruntled employees on company property.
Posted on Lancaster Online under the story, “House Bill: PA employers can’t block workers from keeping guns in their cars,” (click here).
Yes, Representative Bryan Cutler is spearheading this bill. Unbelievable!
What most of the public doesn’t know is that Cutler’s brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis, shot and killed his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve, somehow allegedly ignoring two safety features that indicated there was a bullet in the chamber.
Why doesn’t the public know about this? Because the Lancaster Newspapers purposely and intently kept that information from the public. It is simply unconscionable!
Click here for “DA STEDMAN OBSTRUCTS JUSTICE!” and please check back later today.
Posted on August 4th, 2014 21 comments
A SEVERE WATCH FOR
RACIAL BIAS HAS
BEEN ISSUED FOR
NEW HOLLAND, PA!
Minorities are strongly advised to completely avoid the entire Borough of New Holland at all costs! This warning will stay in effect until possible cancellation several years from now.
Click here for “Police: Man threatened to shoot woman, jumped in her car, made lewd comments,” and also see the story immediately below and please check back tomorrow.
Posted on August 3rd, 2014 38 comments
BAIL IS NOT PUNISHMENT!
She [Marie Guepsie Lavaud] was released from hospital care at 1 p.m. Thursday and immediately taken into custody. She was arraigned on the charges before District Judge Rodney Hartman and sent to Lancaster County Prison. Bail was set at $150,000.
From the LNP article, “Mother of deceased baby found in trash bag is jailed,” (click here).
Several years ago, I would have assumed that Lavaud could make bail by posting 10 percent of the $150,000 stated in the article. I no longer do because very often it’s not the case. Lavaud’s bail is “cash” bail and she has to pay the full amount to be released from prison. And the Lancaster Newspaper reporters should correctly identify her bail as “cash” bail.
It occurred to me today that most of the dockets I’ve looked at over the last year are either cash bail or unsecured bail and I wonder why that is. Is it the cases I’m looking up?
And then something else occurred to me and I spent a good while this morning checking all of Hartman’s criminal dockets for the month of July looking for another case where he imposed $150,000 cash bail. I did not have time to get through the entire month, but I will in this coming week and I will have a full report. I may even go back/have to go back many, many months to find a similar bail amount if one exists.
Bail is not intended to be punishment – it is meant to ensure that you show up for your day in court.
I have run out of time. Please check back tomorrow.
3 Types of Bail in Pennsylvania
Bail is typically set shortly after a defendant’s arrest. In Pennsylvania, courts may not use bail as punishment. Rather, bail is security used to guarantee a person’s appearance in criminal court. There are three types of bail:
Posted on August 2nd, 2014 No comments
DEJESUS & REID STILL
IN RICHMOND JAIL!
An officer from Los Angeles County took to Twitter on Friday when Facebook users called for help to report that the social media website was down.
Sgt. Burton Brink, the public information officer in La Crescenta, CA, posted a Tweet reminding people about the reasons for calling them for help.
“Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down, we don’t know when FB will be back up!” he wrote.
CBS-5, “Police: Do not call us if Facebook is down,” (click here).
I have shared my displeasure with the media’s use of Facebook and Facebook in general on this site. So what does this amazing and amusing story from yesterday have to do with anything?
I had a wake-up call these last few days. Close to 5,000 people – yes, you read that number correctly – came to this site daily for three days straight from Facebook to read the “BREAKING NEWS – PLEASE HELP!” story about Karina DeJesus, who was allegedly taken against her will by her ex-boyfriend who was wanted for numerous violent crimes, including murder, in York (click here). Her family was terrified and pleaded for her safe return.
I have no idea who originally posted it (although I do give credit to Jerri and his “Must See Pics an Vids” page) – but it had to be shared hundreds and hundreds of times over and people flocked to this site.
It’s that kind of story. All the local media outlets picked up on it (CBS-21 still hasn’t thanked me, the York Daily Record did). The story then took an unexpected, and yet, happy twist this Monday when they were both found in Richmond, Virginia and Karina was alive and well. Then another twist – Karina was charged with hindering the apprehension of Reid.
And apparently they are both fighting extradition to York because they are both still in the Richmond City jail (click here). DeJesus is offender number 1650008 and Reid is number 1650007.
Her family now is saying she is a victim of the battered women syndrome. Would she really leave three children and her family for a “life” with an accused killer? Who saw them and called the tip into the police? Did they see their photos on Facebook?
This will continue to be a huge story and I would imagine that media outlets will fight each other for the first interview when she does come back to Pennsylvania – if DeJesus – and her potential lawyer - agree to it. Heck, she should and may write a book!
And I have a new respect for Facebook. When it comes to missing persons, it is an invaluable new tool to spread the word and photos – unless (gasp!) it goes down!
Tomorrow – back to the extremely disturbing story of Marie Lavaud.
Posted on August 1st, 2014 4 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
SADLER IS ALIVE &
GRAY LAWYERS UP!
Contrary to persistent rumors, Police Chief Keith Sadler is alive and in a rare sighting was spotted today about town. It was hoped that he was chasing the McDonald’s shooter, but, in fact, he was just going to lunch at La Cocina Restaurant.
And Mayor Rick Gray was spotted today as well, across from the courthouse and in front of 53 North Duke Street, a building with multiple law offices. He reportedly is “lawyering up” for all the current lawsuits against the Lancaster Police Department and the ones that are coming. “I need lawyers,” he reportedly told all the city residents who came up to question him about all the ugly and expensive artwork he has added to the city while crime is rampant.
Speaking of artwork and crime, it is First Friday – be careful out there and it’s back to serious news tomorrow.
(Pictures courtesy of Jerri of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page!)
Posted on August 1st, 2014 2 comments
DA STEDMAN? – 2
What is today’s big story on Lancaster Online? This: “West Donegal man charged with sexual assault of Elizabethtown girl, 13,” (click here).
Carlos G. Jarvis IV is charged with two first degree felonies, one second degree felony and a second degree misdemeanor. Is Mr. Jarvis in jail? No. He is free on $35,000 unsecured bail.
This is simply unconscionable! Please see the story immediately below where Marie Lavaud is in jail on $150,000 cash bail for two misdemeanors.
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 31st, 2014 6 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
BAIL IS $150,000 CASH!Marie Guepsie Lavaud is now in Lancaster County Prison on $150,000 cash bail. This is unbelievable! She is charged with one first degree misdemeanor (concealing the death of a child) and one second degree misdemeanor (abuse of a corpse).Click here for LNP’s story, “UPDATE: Mother of deceased baby found in trash bag is jailed,” and see yesterday’s story two posts down on this site. This bail amount is inexplicable and unacceptable!
Posted on July 31st, 2014 1 comment
BATTERED WOMEN SYNDROME?
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 29th, 2014 31 comments
A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT
In a shocking development, it appears that Marie Guepsie Lavaud, charged today with concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse and currently in a mental health facility, may also be from Haiti as is Cherlie LaFleur. A source confirmed today that the parents of her boyfriend are Haitian. Her name is Haitian/French. It is unclear if she came to this country because of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti or may have come at a different time.
The police and the District Attorney’s office have certainly taken a far different and better approach to this shocking and sad incident than they did with LaFleur.
Click here for today’s LNP story and check back tomorrow for developments.
DA STEDMAN?Where the hell was the county help for Cherlie LaFleur? Or any help?? She wasn’t a flight risk either. I am livid!!!This email in today regarding LNP’s article, “UPDATE: Body of premature baby girl found in the trash in New Holland,” (click here).Yes, these two cases are almost identical (click here for, “Police: McCaskey student, 19, gave birth in school bathroom and discarded baby in trash can“). Both babies were dead and found in trash cans and the New Holland baby was 28 to 30 weeks and LaFleur’s was 27 to 29 weeks.And LaFleur certainly was not a danger to the community and she was jailed and had her face plastered all over the news within twenty-four hours.And her bail was set at one million dollars cash! And District Attorney Craig Stedman was quoted stating:Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said he can’t recall the last time such a charge was filed locally.
Wednesday night, he called the case “utterly sickening,” and said that by making no effort to get medical help for her child, LaFleur “guaranteed his fate.”
He credited city police for a quick arrest and said his office will be in close communication with the coroner’s office.
So, if the New Holland woman is and will be treated differently, District Attorney Craig Stedman needs to explain to the public exactly why on each and every single point!
There will be more tomorrow and also back to the Karina Dejesus/Jeffrey Reid story.
Posted on July 29th, 2014 6 comments
* According to the York Daily Record, DeJesus is being charged (click here).
PEACE & JOY!
Karina DeJesus is safe! Thank you to everyone who posted and shared her story. I am so happy for her family and children who went through the darkest of days but now have the best possible ending. Peace and joy and welcome home!
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 28th, 2014 4 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
THEY’VE BEEN PICKED UP!
This just in from CBS-21 (this is currently all they have on their website as an update to their story (click here):
Sources confirm for CBS 21 that Jeffrey Reid and Karina DeJesus have been picked up in Richmond, Virginia.
We are told Karina is alive.
BRING KARINA HOME!
“We have evidence that he has threatened Karina, that before anybody captures him, he would do away with Karina,” said Madeline Bermudez, Karina’s aunt.
Ramos says Karina is a loving mom to three young kids, including a 2-year-old daughter with Reid.
She says Karina took a ‘Protection from Abuse’ order out against Reid two weeks ago and that she would never willingly leave with him.
“By now Karina would have contacted us, at least to see how her kids were doing,” Ramos said. “She cannot be without them.”
Fox-43, “Family of missing York woman pleads for safe return,” (click here).
This is heartbreaking! I will get a full description of Reid today; his height, weight, tattoos and any scars or other distinguishing marks he may have. The police need to find this man and bring Karina home now! If you see or know anything, please dial 911 immediately.
Please also see the story immediately below on this site and check back later today.
Posted on July 25th, 2014 21 comments
A PLEA FOR HELP!
CBS-21 (click here)
*** 7-26-14 – Finally, this hits the main stream media. Please help. ABC – 27, ” Ex-girlfriend of homicide suspect reported missing,” (click here).
** I spoke with a family member at 3:45 pm today. Karina has not been located. The York Police have been notified. Jeffrey Allen Reid, Jr. is the father of Karina’s daughter but they were not together as a couple. Karina has never been gone like this and not notified her family. Reid is extremely dangerous. He is wanted for murder in a shooting in York this Saturday and an arson on Monday (click here).
Please share their photos everywhere you can and if you know or see anything call 911.
* See below for possible suspect – Jeffrey Allen Reid, Jr., 27, of York. If you see her or know anything about her whereabouts, please dial 911. Her family believes she may be in grave danger! She has three children.
Posted on July 25th, 2014 5 comments
Second arrest made in city shooting; police officer cleared
after wounding suspect
Click here for LNP’s story that is buried on page B-2 of today’s print edition and please check back later today.
Posted on July 24th, 2014 17 comments
LANCASTER POLICE WORK!
The Lancaster Police finally charged the woman who drove into the East Side Commercial Kitchens on Sunday (click here). She is Rasheda Melissa Glazier. It took the police four days to “find” and charge her.
This is unacceptable. They knew her identity very early on!
She was in the Lancaster Common Pleas Court System this March pleading guilty to assault. She has four pages of traffic tickets. She is known and has a bad reputation throughout the town. If the police had acted far more quickly and done their jobs, she should have been tested for drugs and alcohol immediately following the accident.
And this woman was not hard to find. The police were lazy. They simply did not want to do their jobs. If not for pressure from WGAL, this site and certain individuals, this might well have gone down as another “cold case.” This is happening over and over again and it is obviously unacceptable and an outrage.
There will be much more tomorrow.
Police departments breaking the law, failing to fingerprint
ABC-27 (click here)
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 23rd, 2014 2 comments
HOSPITALIZED 11 DAYS!
Richard Rivera, Jr., 18, who was shot by a still unnamed Lancaster Police Officer on Friday, July 11, was released from Lancaster General Hospital yesterday. According to the Lancaster County Prison website, he is housed in the “ADSEG” block, which stands for “Administrative Segregation,” but commonly means “solitary confinement.”
According to his docket, he was scheduled for his preliminary hearing today at 2:15 pm in front of District Judge John C. Winters. Ms. Kim of Winters’ office, said this afternoon by phone that since he had only been released from the hospital yesterday, he has not had the opportunity to obtain legal counsel and today’s hearing was continued for that reason.
LIP News will stay with this story until the public gets answers!
Posted on July 23rd, 2014 7 comments
A WHOLE LOT OF
Police say the 33-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, drove her boyfriend’s Dodge Caravan through a wall of the East Side Community Kitchen on North Plum Street around noon, barely missing a man washing dishes inside. She then fled the scene.
WGAL-TV, “Police to charge woman for ramming van into Lancaster business,” (click here).
You’ve had three days, Lancaster Police! Could we know this woman’s name and the charges now?
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 22nd, 2014 7 comments
The above article was on page B-1 of today’s print edition. I have yet to see it go up on the Lancaster Newspaper’s website or Facebook page, so I’ll be brief today and come back to it when I can link to an article people can read. Maybe LNP is too embarrassed or too afraid of the outrage and backlash it will cause if they put it online!
They sent a summer intern to do this story. (one of their four, white summer interns). Can you even imagine? A college kid who doesn’t have a clue that this is total hypocrisy on the part of the police.
If you recall, I wrote a piece about this when Katelyn Smith of WGAL interviewed Lt. Todd Umstead about the camera registery program and it is reprinted below (click here for the original).
The Lancaster Police have absolutely no idea how to use cameras for some strange reason. You see, Todd, in Philadelphia they release the videos to the public for their help in identifying the perpetrators so they can be arrested! And it works and they even have a YouTube channel to post them on. Do you understand that concept, Lt. Umstead?
A man was shot at the McDonalds at 575 North Franklin Street on July 3rd. There were multiple witnesses and the fight inside and the shooting outside were caught on McDonald’s surveillance cameras.
Yet, not one word of a description has been released to the public let alone video images of the shooter. And, needless to say, no one has been arrested so he is still on the street to shoot again. It has been 19 days!
This is unacceptable, Lt. Umstead. This is not police work! You don’t receive a paycheck for “work” like this! Your job is to protect the public and arrest the shooter! Arrest the shooter or resign!
DO YOUR DAMN JOB!
Kate, this is Todd!
Umstead, Kate! Your charming Lancaster Police spokesperson.
Oh, Todd, I’m sorry! It’s been a while since I talked to you. How is your handsome self?
I’m great! I have a story for you, Kate! Can you get your cameras down to the station right away?
Absolutely! We’ll be right there! Has there been a break in one of the unsolved murders?
Has there been a break in one of the unsolved shootings? Some of those happened right under the cameras.
Has there been a break in one of the unsolved stabbings? Some of those happened right under the cameras.
Has there been a break in one of the unsolved robberies. Some of those happened right under the cameras.
Has there been a break…
Kate, no! It’s an exciting new program! We need more cameras! You know, the 161 cameras we already have on the street are always rotating so sometimes they don’t catch the crime.
I didn’t know that, Todd!
Yes, Kate. Now you understand. We need more eyes! We need those lazy citizens to help us out! I mean we’re at the station playing cards, oops, I mean working our butts off everyday, but these Lancaster criminals are smart – really smart.
Well, I guess so, Todd! You can’t seem to arrest any of them. So what’s the new program?
We want the citizens to register all their private security cameras with us. That way we’ll know where every camera in the city is. Our guys will know where they can rough up a street thug and where they can’t. They’ll know where they can plant evidence and where they can’t!
That’s a little police humor! Seriously, this way we’ll know immediately if there’s a camera in the area and we can get the video right away.
Oh, Todd, you are so smart! I’m surprised you can’t solve more crimes.
Hey, we caught the guy who broke in and stole from Molly’s Pub.
I thought he turned himself into Molly’s after the owner posted his picture all over social media.
A minor detail, Kate! We’d prefer if you forgot about that. Are you coming?
Channel 8 is always on top of the news! We’ll be right there. Comb your hair so you look nice for our cameras, Todd!
You know I will, Kate. We love cameras here in the Lancaster Police Department.