Posted on February 10th, 2014 13 comments
TO BE A METEOROLOGIST -
OR ERIC, HOW COULD YOU?“I think we’re going to get several inches,” said Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst. “That’s my gut feeling.”But Horst emphasized that was just a gut feeling.From this afternoon’s article by Cindy Stauffer, “Snow to hit Wednesday? Computer models call for 1 inch to 1 foot, or more, in Lancaster County,” (click here).The last thing in this world – well, let’s say one of the last things in this world I would trust - is a meteorologist’s gut. Now Eric seems like a likeable, down-to-earth kind of guy if a meteorologist can be such a thing. But what really cracks me up is that Jennifer Todd had LNP’s lead story this morning titled, “How rumors of a ‘monster blizzard’ got started last week: Social media, arm-chair forecasters,” (click here).Todd’s piece is basically nothing more than an advertisement for Horst because he does those nice video chats with the LNP staff for all of us to watch. But Todd quotes Horst in the article as follows:“Computer models can be crazy,” he said Sunday. “You start to get five, seven, 10 days into the future — more often than not what you have is mere fantasy.”That’s where trained meteorologists know to draw the line.“Professionals, like Joe Calhoun and myself who have been doing this a long time, we have the experience, the know-how to interpret these models. We know when to trust them,” Horst said.So this morning he was a professional, trained meteorologist with experience and this afternoon he’s forecasting the weather with his gut?I don’t even want to say what folks below the article said about Joe Calhoun, but listen up Eric: I’m sick and tired of all this and you should hang your head in shame with the winter we are having. And now you tell us you forecast with your gut?I have always known meteorologists are crazy, scary and not to be trusted and paid for doing nothing – and now Eric you have perfectly proved my theory. I might change my mind about you, though, Eric, if you could find some 50 and 60 degree days in your next computer model, or should I say in your gut!Okay, so the weather has me a bit stressed. Back to serious news tomorrow!
Posted on February 10th, 2014 5 comments
* Police now have pictures of the suspect in the first shooting, including his many tattoos, on their website and there is a reward for information (click here). The police are now apparently allowing comments on their website!
Lancaster police investigating two Sunday shootings
This is simply horrific. The police and the Mayor just leave these shooters on the street to shoot over and over again. Newsflash for Mayor Gray – Lancaster is as bad as Harrisburg, Reading and York! It may be worse!
Click here for the LNP article with the above headline and here for WGAL’s report on the first shooting. There are “independent” reports that arrests have been made in the second shooting and possibly the first.
There will be much more on this during the course of the day.
Posted on February 9th, 2014 5 comments
* The Letter is now online – click here.
THIS MUST BE INVESTIGATED!
A Letter to the Editor in today’s Sunday News and the “Editor’s note” that accompanies it on page P-3 (this is not currently online). I apologize for the quality of the reproduction – I am still working on their new E-editions which are almost as awful as their new website! A written transcript is under the first comment.
Posted on February 8th, 2014 5 comments
** OVER HIS HEAD?I sent this response to the emailer who thinks everything about LOL’s new website “SUCKS” and whose email is printed below:I think part of the reason is they took a reporter (Tom Murse) and for some reason made him their digital director and I think he’s totally in over his head. I half-way think they did it because Murse actually wanted to tell some truths about the police, etc. so they “kicked him upstairs” fast and out of reporting. His father has worked there for his whole life as well!This has to do with the unsolved murder of Olga Sanchez-Reyes and also relates to the unsolved murder of Erma Kaylor, both featured in the above permanent post which is back on top of this website. I will elaborate on this further at a later date, but if anyone, anyone goes to the “Coffee with LNP,” please, please ask these two reporters why they don’t investigate and report on all the unsolved murders in the city – 16 in the last eight years under District Attoney Craig Stedman and Mayor Gray – and also the deaths of Darryl Morton and Judy Cora which apparently remain a “mystery” months later - see “DARRYL MORTON AND JUDY CORA” two stories down on this site.
* AN EXCELLENT QUESTION!
Question #1. Do you see any conflict of interest when your
“Investigative Reporter” Susan Baldridge is married to the Chairman of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce?
OMG! Pete Ruggieri of the People of Lancaster Facebook page gets one right (click here)! Talk about a conflict of interest! OMG!
HE LIKES THE NEW LOL!Let me repeat what I have said numerous times, the new LOL SUCKS! The pages do not stop moving with ads opening and closing, it is impossible to read. The organization SUCKS, in this case I am referring to the way the pages are laid out not the company although that SUCKS too! The commenting system SUCKS. The iPad app SUCKS! Currently, the only reasonable way to read LOL is through the iPhone app but overall, their online presence now SUCKS. Who makes these decisions? How can they have their heads so far up their a$*e$?This email in yesterday. LOL!Please check back later today.
Posted on February 6th, 2014 15 comments
OUT TO SHOOT EACH OTHER!
Grammar aside, apparently we have two gangs running loose in Lancaster out to shoot each other. Why is this not being reported?? I’m sure by now that some of them are known. What will the outcry sound like when an innocent bystander gets killed?
This excellent comment came in today. It’s First Friday – be careful out there and demand answers from the police and the press!
Apparently, the Lancaster Police are looking for some good press and are holding a press conference today at 4:00 pm regarding the Amber Alert and safe return of two kidnapped children and the arrest of their father and his father this morning – WGAL-TV has extensive coverage. Yes, they did the right thing in issuing the Amber Alert and a good job was done by all the law enforcement agencies involved.
Fighting a vicious bout with cabin fever, I took a break and mingled with humans today! LIP News will return tomorrow.
ANOTHER RACIST HEADLINE!
The above headline appears in today’s print edition of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era on page B-1. Online, the story has a very different headline: “Witness: Up to 3 males also fired when 14-year-old girl was shot in Lancaster city,” (click here).
This article is disturbing on many levels because only one shooter has been arrested to date and it certainly seems he is not the one who shot the 14-year-old girl last Tuesday evening. The police, per their own press release, state they have these shooters on Coalition cameras and private security cameras and yet no descriptions or images of the shooters has been released to the public. Why not? It’s been over a week and these shooters are still on the loose! The police are endangering everyone!
I put in a Right-To-Know request to the city for those images and their very “prompt” response will come tomorrow. I have 15 days to appeal
But today, what really bothers me is the headline! What is the point of using “y’all”?
The Lancaster Newspapers used another blatantly racist headline similar to this one in May of last year. It is republished below and my commentary about it at the time, “DISGUSTING AND INACURRATE,” is here. Unbelievable!
Posted on February 5th, 2014 1 comment
THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES
DESERVE JUSTICE!Darryl Morton, 50, and Judy Cora, 54, were found dead in their 788 Sterling Place townhome this past Thanksgiving morning. Morton’s sister, Sonya Morton, describes her brother as hardworking and religious with no enemies. The last time she spoke with the Manheim Township Police was two weeks after his funeral which was held on December 10th.At that time, the police said they had no new developments and were waiting on toxicology reports from the coroner. The police did state they believe the deaths are homicides but gave no further details saying they did not want to jeopardize the case.Morton’s son, Darryl Morton, Jr., known as “DJ” and believed to be about 24-years-old, had recently come from Chicago to stay with the couple and was living in the home when their bodies were found. According to the coroner, they both had died several days prior to their bodies being discovered. DJ’s whereabouts are unknown to the families at this time.Sonya Morton met with an attorney yesterday who suggested the families contact their state representatives in an attempt to get answers. Morton emailed Rep. Mike Sturla today but received an automated email in response thanking her for contacting him.The county and court offices were closed today due to the weather, so a call placed to Coroner Stephen Diamantoni’s office went unanswered. He previously told the Lancaster Newspapers the toxicology reports could take “several weeks.” It has now been over nine weeks.I will try again tomorrow along with a call to Mike Sturla’s office and District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office to see where this stands.These two families deserve answers. They lived with the horror of these deaths through three major holidays and their painful wait continues on.The last mention of their deaths in the Lancaster Newspapers was in an article on December 31st by Brett Hambright titled, “2013: 13 homicides in Lancaster County,” (click here). The final sentence in the article refers to Morton and Cora and states:The coroner is awaiting toxicology results to determine cause and manner of those deaths.The Manheim Township Police, the Coroner and the District Attorney have now had over two months to determine their cause and manner of death. These families need and deserve answers now.There will be more tomorrow. Also I will update the above “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above to include the 16 unsolved murders in the city under DA Stedman and Mayor Gray in the last eight years, inclusive of the 11 that are unsolved under Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler.
Posted on February 4th, 2014 8 comments
* LANCASTER CITY HAS DECLARED A SNOW EMERGENCY. CLICK HERE AND MOVE YOUR CARS FAST!
HE’LL MAKE PRISON SOON!For everybody who is tired of all the snow, how about some ice instead?LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer’s lead sentence in today’s story, “PennDOT, PPL ready for up to half-inch of freezing rain in Lancaster County,” (click here).Okay, that did it! Anyone who sees Cindy, please throw a snowball at her for me. Thank you so much! Actually, she’s the only decent writer LNP has, so hold the snowball and offer her some ice melt instead!I bought a 25 pound bag of ice melt at the beginning of this winter and never for a moment thought I would use a quarter of it – but, much like charcoal (sigh) – it doesn’t go bad so I figured I was ahead of the game. Well, it’s the best $5.50 I ever spent and I have just enough left for tonight’s storm of – sigh again - snow, sleet and freezing rain.Yes, the weather has everyone in a foul mood and this really, really angered me today - LNP Executive Barbara Hough Roda is at again in today’s bizarre story, “LNP in coalition seeking files of state probe into PPL diverting crew after snowstorm,” (click here). Ms. Baba says this:“And we are all of one mind, believing Pennsylvania residents are being denied information that should be open to them.“This is about government accountability and transparency. It is about the public’s access to information that bears directly on its health and welfare,” Roda said.Oh, please! How many examples would you like me to cite, Baba? District Attorney Craig Stedman’s preferential treatment of Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law? (And, no, I have not forgotten it and the letter to PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is coming.) It’s just so absolutely absurd and hypocritical by Roda. I faxed in a Right-To-Know request to the City of Lancaster late in the afternoon of January 30, 2014 which requested:Video footage from Coalition cameras regarding the shooting of a 14-year-old girl on High Street on 1-28-14 and referenced on the Lancaster Police website as “Press Release 1.28.14 shooting.”I received an answer from Patrick Hopkins, the city’s Business Administrator, by 9:30 am the next morning. I’ll share it with you tomorrow. And please remember that only one shooter has been arrested involving these two nights of shootings by multiple people in Lancaster last Monday and Tuesday nights.I received a comment today asking if there was any more information on the arrest of the stabbing suspect from Sunday morning’s vicious assault. I reported here that according to the police radio, he called 911 and turned himself in about 5:00 pm the same day. I have not seen this updated in any other news media (the weather seems to be their only topic) but under the original story on WGAL (click here), “Harold Fine” lashed into sick and creepy long-time stalker, Steve Markle, posting as “Mike Hawk” as follows (see the “Steve Markle – Stalker” link on the right of this site):I was responding to a post by Jennifer and I don’t need permission from some dirtball like you to do so.
The last time I checked I don’t need your permission for anything. You are a stalking troll with some mental health issues.
Get some help before you hurt someone.
LoserHave mercy! That is so dead-on true and I enjoy it so much and WGAL, get that sick creep off of your comments section! The only problem with this type of mentally ill, convicted stalker and loser is that he seeks any type of attention no matter what it is. He’s probably running to his wife right now saying, “Cheryl, I made LIP News! I’ve been trying for days now! Let’s celebrate!”I don’t think the celebration will last long and I see a lot of salt coming Markle’s way, and it won’t be from my bag of ice melt! I wonder how he likes prison food?
Posted on February 3rd, 2014 7 comments
TWO PEAS IN A POD REDUX?This past Friday, I published, “THE ROAD TO RECOVERY” regarding Dasire, the 14-year-old girl who was shot in the city on Tuesday evening. It was an upbeat Facebook post by her mother. It may have been premature and understandably somewhat in denial by her mother. I am told that she is not doing well and the bullet did terrible damage to several of her vital organs. Please keep her in your thoughts. Also, the Lancaster Police have only made one arrest in her shooting that resulted from multiple people firing shots the day before on Monday and the Tuesday she was shot. The police need to make more arrests and get these shooters off the street.On a lighter note, I also published “TWO PEAS IN A POD” on this site about new Lancaster Newspapers President, John Kirkpatrick III, who is engaged to the new publisher of the York papers, Sara Glines (click here). I checked my traffic today and many people from across the country have come to that story in the last three days including people from oreilly.com and gannett.com. Yikes! I don’t know if the wedding invitations went out or if one of them is looking for a job or what. Hopefully, it is Kirkpatrick being canned by LNP for ruining the Lancaster Online website in less than three months! That, unfortunately, is probably not the case but keep your eyes and ears open because something surely is going on!
Posted on February 3rd, 2014 5 comments
CALL THE POLICE NOW!CRIME STOPPER 14-04
Week of February 3, 2014
ROBBERYOn Saturday February 1, 2014 at approximately 7:33pm, the Turkey Hill at 5 W. Clay St. Lancaster, PA was robbed. Two suspects entered the store and displayed at least one handgun. The suspects ordered customers and employees to the floor and removed loot form the store.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: B/M 5’06” thin build, tan or beige button up jacket with a black hooded shirt underneath, gray pants, white sneakers, white or gray scarf.
Suspect #2: H/M/ 5’05” thin build, blue nylon jacket with white stripes down sleeves, blue jeans, black hooded sweatshirt and white or gray scarf.
Anyone with information on this Robbery or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Lancaster City Police Detective Fatta at 717-735-3359 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.
Posted on February 2nd, 2014 7 comments
**** BREAKING NEWS *** The stabbing suspect from this morning turned himself into the Lancaster Police at about 5:00 pm today. He called 911 to say he was at King and Manor Streets and feeling badly and feeling like he might hurt someone and told them he had hurt someone this morning. According to the police radio, he admitted to the stabbing and is possibly admitting to robberies in the city as well. His name is believed to be Christopher Bowman.
*** BREAKING NEWS *** 4:05 pm – A man using the ATM at the Turkey Hill on New Holland Avenue was just robbed by several men. The victim’s condition is not known at this time however it is believed he was beaten and is at Lancaster General Hospital.
* This will stay as is for today. You run out of adjectives for the police and the Lancaster Newspapers. The police are purposely endangering the public by making no reasonable attempt to arrest these two armed men. They are blatantly ignoring standard police procedures and the Lancaster Newspapers simply ignore it and allows their reader’s lives to be in danger. Shocking doesn’t even begin to cover this!
RELEASE THE VIDEO!
Police Sgt. Gary McCrady
There are two armed robbers on the loose. They robbed the Turkey Hill at West Clay and North Queen Streets at gunpoint and made the store employees and customers lie on the floor. There are conflicting reports as to whether those individuals were robbed or not. The men did get cash and cigarettes.
This happened at 7:30 pm and as of 11 pm the police had not released a description of the two men according to the LNP story, “City convenience store robbed at gunpoint,” (click here). Why not?
Release the Turkey Hill video of these two men and do it now, Lancaster Police! I was also listening to the scanner as was the LNP reporter who does provide a brief description in the article.
Please see the story immediately below and check back later today. Release the video before someone is shot and killed, Lancaster Police!
Posted on January 31st, 2014 3 comments
TOTAL DERELICTION OF DUTY!Police Chief Keith Sadler, by withholding videos of criminals from the public, you are endangering every member of the public. You are being totally derelict in your duties to protect and serve the public. You are leaving criminals on the street to commit more crimes everyday. You have violated your basic job description and are in total dereliction of your duties to the public. You need to be fired immediately and possibly prosecuted.I am going to list and link to three items today and then will come back to each one at a later date:1. One of the two lead stories on Lancaster Online right now is a surveillance photo of an alleged credit card thief. The headline to the article is, “Do you know this suspect? Police believe he used stolen credit card information,” (click here). If the State Police can release photos and ask for the public’s help, why can’t the Lancaster City Police? It’s not a hard concept and do I need to remind you that in the ultimate irony,Lancaster has more cameras per person than any city its size and many that are much larger as well.2. Even Gil Smart has noticed the alarming number of shootings although, of course, as a LNP reporter, he doesn’t discuss the lack of arrests or the lack of videos released to the public (click here):The shooting of the 14-year-old girl on High Street Tuesday marked at least the ninth shooting/gunfire incident in the city since Dec. 27, according to newspaper records.That figure would also include an exchange of gunfire this past Monday; a guy who allegedly fired shots at his girlfriend before leading police on a chase; a guy shot in the city on Jan. 19 who isn’t cooperating with police; the shots fired near King Elementary School that led to a brief lockdown on Jan. 15; a 29-year-old woman shot in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting Jan. 13; a man shot in the leg after an argument on Jan. 11; a Lancaster Township man who was arrested after firing a gun in the city Jan. 7; and the Dec. 27 shooting at the Gas Mart where a man was hospitalized but not seriously hurt.In all but two of these, and not all the shooters involved in the shooting of the 14-year-old girl, the shooters have not been arrested. They are on the street to shoot again. Why haven’t you released videos of these shooters to the public so they can protect themselves, notify you of the person’s identity and these shooters can be charged and arrested so they can’t harm anyone else.3. I ran this portion of an article from Philly.com previously on this site and I’m running it again - click here for the full article titled, “Surveillance Video Playing Increasing Role In Arrest, Conviction Of Criminals”. You’re from Philly, aren’t you, Police Chief Sadler? Is this a hard concept for you to learn? I thought you were the Commissioner of almost every department there before you came to Lancaster? Why isn’t this most basic of police tools being used in Lancaster? Lancaster, as noted above, has an abundance of cameras on the street not to mention the many businesses and individuals who have them installed on their property.PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police Department reports since February of 2011, it has made arrests in nearly 200 crimes, including murders, based on the aggressive pursuit of surveillance video to identify suspects. The department, with the Public Affairs Office as the clearinghouse, is using the latest technologies to get the evidence before countless eyes.Police Public Affairs Lieutenant John Stanford says the department has posted nearly 350 videos so far this year, coming from countless sources.“City cameras that are posted, located throughout the city, we have access to SEPTA cameras, Housing Authority cameras, private businesses and private residents have cameras,” he says. “Cell phones cameras, SEPTA busses, anything, anywhere we can get a camera or get video we try to retrieve video.”Stanford says over 2 million people have viewed the videos on YouTube.
Posted on January 31st, 2014 4 comments
UPDATE ON DAUGHTER
Update on my daughter god is good n he’s the best surgery went great no more surgery n they put my baby girl back together now is all about recovering n healing process keep praying n thank all of fb who kept my daughter in there prayers n who help me out threw this ruff time — feeling blessed at Children’s Hospital at Hershey Medical Center.
Posted by the mother of Dasire, the 14-year-old shot in the city on Tuesday evening, on Facebook last night.
Please see the stories below and check back later today.
Posted on January 30th, 2014 2 comments
SHOOTING OF GIRL SHOULD
HAVE BEEN PREVENTED!
The police have arrested two men they allege were involved in the shooting of a 14-year-old girl Tuesday night (click here). The police are now saying the Monday shooting in the city and Tuesday’s shooting are connected. The police should have made arrests before she was shot. If the police had released the video from Monday’s shooting to the public on Tuesday, her horrific shooting that night might well have been prevented.
Police Chief Sadler and the detectives involved need to be investigated immediately.
Posted on January 29th, 2014 19 comments
RELEASE THE VIDEOS!
* 1-30-2014 - “Police are looking are closely at a safety coalition camera and some private surveillance cameras to identify potential suspects.”
WGAL, “Police: Fight leads to shots fired in Lancaster,” (click here).
Release the videos to the public now! Release them! A 14-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in the stomach. Everyone’s life is in danger! You’ve had the videos for two days now!
RELEASE THE VIDEOS TO THE PUBLIC!
14-year-old girl shot in LancasterCall Mayor Gray and tell him to fire Police Chief Keith Sadler. Tell him to review every detective’s record. Mayor Gray is allowing 14-year-old girls in his city to be shot! Please see the stories immediately below.Call Mayor Gray today – (717) 291-4701.
Posted on January 28th, 2014 3 comments
INVESTIGATE THE POLICE -
BLATANT FAILURE TO
PROTECT THE PUBLIC!Police have viewed video obtained from Lancaster Community Safety Coalition cameras and private cameras, Umstead said.“There were two groups who had an exchange of gunfire,” he said. “There were several shots fired.”No video shows anyone being shot and police found no shooting victims in the area or local hospitals, Umstead said.Police believe they know the 16-year-old’s identity but did not release his name because they are unsure how he may have been involved in the incident.“He was in the area,” Umstead said.The teen lives in the 100 block of East Ross Street, he said. He is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 135 pounds, with a thin build, brown eyes and short, black hair.The boy’s parents completed a missing persons report and it was filed in the National Crime Information Center database, Umstead said.No one has been taken into custody related to the incident, Umstead said, and a detailed description was not available for anyone else who may have been involved.This is today’s update by “veteran” LNP police reporter Jennifer Todd quoting 20+ years policeman and detective and now a Lietenant and the police spokesperson who is paid almost $100,000 a year before benefits, Lt. Todd Umstead (click here).Is this some type of sick joke being played on the public over and over again? Why doesn’t LNP and the public demand answers from these public “servants” who are paid to protect and serve?There were two different groups shooting guns at each other in the city last night and there have been no arrests and no descriptions released but the police have them on multiple cameras? Where are the arrests?You can’t fire a gun at someone in the city – it’s a crime! A serious crime with the likelihood that someone will be seriously injured or killed the next time! Where are the descriptions and images of these shooters so they can be arrested? Where? That’s what you are paid to do, Lt. Umstead. If you and the other police can’t do something that basic then you should resign or be fired immediately!Three have been absolutely no arrests so these two groups can go out and do it again tonight and someone, including an innocent bystander, may well die?And the parents of the 16-year-old who may or may not have been shot have filed a missing persons report but Umstead won’t give his name? How is anyone supposed to be able to help find him? Isn’t that the point of a missing persons report? What does it matter what his involvement was at this time – the important thing is to find him! His parents must be desperate!This isn’t even police work. This is some type of sick joke that plays over and over again and these police need to be investigated now!
IF THIS WERE
MIKE STURLA’S SON…The alleged victim, a 15-year-old boy, could not be located after the incident. Officers searched streets and alleyways but found no sign of the boy.The boy’s parents reportedly called the teen’s cellphone repeatedly after the incident but got no answer.Police said late Monday they have no reason to believe the boy was shot.From today’s article, “Lancaster police search for missing teen after shots fired incident,” (click here).If this were Mike Sturla’s son, the police would be scouring the city to find this boy! Do your job and find him, Lancaster Police!Please check back later today.
Posted on January 27th, 2014 1 comment
THEY HAVE HIS
KILLER ON VIDEO! – 2
The murder of Spencer Houston was just made the “Crime Stopper of the Week” (click here and it is also republished below.) On May 19, 2013, two years to the day he was killed, I spoke with his brother, Reverend Houston, (photo below and he is on the right) who told me the police have the killer not only on a Coalition camera but also on Spencer Houston’s own personal security camera he had aimed at his door (click here for “THEY HAVE HIS KILLER ON VIDEO!”).
I have pictures of his personal security camera aimed at his door and I have spoken with the man who installed it. This is simply an outrage and yet another unbelievable cover-up by the Lancaster Police and District Attorney Craig Stedman!
CRIME OF THE WEEK 14-03
Week of January 27, 2014
On May 19, 2011 Officers from Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded to 491 New Holland Ave. Apt. 3 for a report of a deceased person inside. Upon arrival, Officers and emergency medical personnel discovered Spencer Houston. Officers and investigators discovered that Houston had been shot and killed. Houston’s death was ruled a Criminal Homicide. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) have followed up on numerous leads. No suspect has been chaged in this case.
Anyone with information on the murder of Spencer Houston is asked contact Lancaster City Police Detective Breault at (717) 735-3361 email@example.com or Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.
Posted on January 26th, 2014 12 comments
READ LIP NEWS!
This is perhaps my “favorite” ad constantly running on Lancaster Online. When you click on it – it takes you right back to the website! LOL!
And what a disaster the new site is! It doesn’t look professional, there are fewer pictures with articles – unless you count their photo block of 20 almost identical photos – it’s hard to navigate and it’s been freezing up all morning and not because of the weather! They have a poll up and over 60% of the respondents “hate it.”
And what is up with this constant coverage of Penn State football on their front page? Hey, guys, the Super Bowl is next week! Did you forget about it? Please, please, please stop with the Penn State or at least keep it in the sports section where it belongs!
And why should anyone “read local” when you completely fail to do your jobs as journalists and hold public officials accountable? Which brings me to District Attorney Craig Stedman and the Christmas Eve shooting death of a two-month-old baby by his father, Geoffrey Scott Davis, Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law.
LIP News will not publish tomorrow as I need to work on the letter to PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the FBI requesting an investigation into the DA’s blatant obstruction of justice and preferential treatment of Davis. It will be published here Tuesday.
Stay warm and read LIP News if you want to know the truth!
Posted on January 25th, 2014 9 comments
LNP SURE DOES!
Calm down! There is no urgent message waiting for you that I’m aware of! And you can’t click on this “ad.” I’m so sick of seeing this at the top of the new Lancaster Online website, I want to scream! Or maybe it’s the snow coming down outside my window that has me rattled?
Whichever, this is going to be short and sweet. Did you see this article by Bernard Harris, “East King Street building to fall for new building to rise,” (click here)?
This is one of those “I think they protest too much” stories. And Bernie does say the architect, Bruce Evans, whose speechifying on behalf of his client and saying that gorgeous building has to be torn down, is a member of the Historical Commission. But if you go to their website (click here) - and this is big bucks stuff, folks – you don’t hire Bruce to redesign your bathroom – it says this:
Bruce Evans serves on the Lancaster City Historical Commission, Planning Commission, and Building Code Board of Appeals.
And further, what Bernie doesn’t tell you is that Bruce was Mayor Gray’s campaign manager for the last two elections! What are the odds Bruce isn’t going to get what Bruce wants?
And Bernie’s fingers were busy because he also wrote, ”Art college to provide housing for first time, lease with Lancaster newspapers,” (click here). Another sweet deal for the Lancaster Newspapers! Of course, no one can argue with art students living downtown, but I do think it’s time for the School District of Lancaster to reasses these properties! Remember when LNP cried and whined and got a major reduction on the school taxes on these West King Street properties? Pay up, LNP! It’s for the children! And one day those children might attend the art college while living in one of your buildings.
Those newspapers have their hands in absolutely everything!
Posted on January 24th, 2014 12 comments
DAVID GREINER MUST GO!-David GreinerWeeks after this happened – and I called LNP out on it the same day they ran the original story – and one of the men involved went on Lancaster Online and pleaded to tell his side of the story – and then WGAL did just that – LNP now finally has the story – click here for “Defendant in Lancaster runners’ assault case: The runners started it.”The original LNP reporter, Ryan Robinson should have seen through this whole cover-up immediately and it raises questions about his collusion with the police and David Greiner and the whole camera operation which is funded in large part by Steinman money.And Greiner simply has to go – it’s beyond outrageous to have a racist and a liar as the monitoring and evidence supervisor for the Coalition. This whole operation needs to be examined immediately! Taxpayer monies are going to support this – $100,000 from the city and $100,000 from the DA’s office annually.The NAACP and the Human Relations Commission need to take a stand on this as well.There will be much more to follow. Click here for “NO, IT WAS NOT THE ‘KNOCKOUT GAME!’”
& IT IS TERRIBLE!It is almost 9 in the morning on Friday, and the three top stories on LOL are “updated yesterday.” I must say you picked the perfect acronym, LOL. My goodness, someone please place a wake up call to the eds. at 8 W. King. (The re-design is terrible, btw.)The only comment under today’s – well yesterday’s – story, “Tuesday’s snowstorm towings leave Lancaster city residents irate,” (click here).Yes, the re-design is awful. I hesitated to say anything yesterday because someone would throw the old saw of ”You can’t handle the change!” at me! Sigh.There are the huge headlines and the little print – yes, I know you can increase the font – but what a pain. They have about the same number of stories on their home page but the layout is not as clear and how do you find more stories? And they have the picture of the reporter below each story with a brief biography and 20 ways to contact them. Really? Maybe I should consider doing the same thing?And in the ultimate irony, they have driven all the commenters away and that’s what made many articles fun and informative. The action with comments is now on their Facebook page – but get this – they make no money from their Facebook page – Facebook makes money from their Facebook page!I don’t like their new e-Editions either – the previous version was simple and easy to read. The new version is huge and I simply have not had the time to play around with it for all the possible variations and the best way to navigate it.There will be more on their re-design later – now, back to the above story. It really, really annoys me! Do you know how much money Silverback Towing made because of the storm? Yes, I bet the owners are in the restaurants and bars today celebrating. And the owner, Chad Rhoads, is quoted as saying this:“Some people said they didn’t know their cars had to be moved,” he said. “They said they didn’t have a computer or TV and had no way of knowing a snow emergency was in effect.”
Rhoads said he heard other rationalizations from car owners including, “I was at work” and “I was sleeping.”
“People just don’t pay attention anymore,” Rhoads said.Go pound sand, Rhoads! It sounds like many people had very legitimate reasons for not knowing and after making all that money – at least $15,000 by my calculations – you should shut the hell up!Yes, this weather has me in a foul mood (and off my normal publishing schedule) and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon! Have mercy!
Posted on January 23rd, 2014 28 comments
* There is still not a Common Pleas Court docket for G. Scott Davis (see the comments under this post). Where is it DA Stedman? Where is it?
A DISGRACE TO JOURNALISM!
“This is essential as we expand and deepen our news coverage, providing content that resonates with people throughout Lancaster County and makes a difference in their daily lives,” Barbara Hough Roda, executive editor, said.
From today’s online “story,” New LancasterOnline website up and running,” (click here).
Blah, blah, blah, Barbara! Your “news coverage” is a joke and a pathetic sham, Barbara! Why don’t you tell your readers that G. Scott Davis is Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law? Why don’t you tell your readers about Mike Sturla’s son and his run-ins with the law? Why don’t you tell you readers about Police Chief Sadler’s past? Why don’t you tell us why you don’t have a single minority on your editorial staff?
In the meantime, WGAL is telling the truth about your beloved Mayor Gray because he supports your hotel/convention center – click here for “Cars get ticketed, towed in Lancaster during snow-emergency.”
You are a disgrace to journalism and your readers, Barbara. Go harass some more panhandlers because they are a bad image for your Mariott hotel and make sure to put more dogs – real dogs - not Mayor Gray - on your front page because you have literally and figuratively gone to the dogs
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Posted on January 22nd, 2014 No comments
DOES A COLLUSION EXIST?I am a retired Teamster Member and have no use for Mr. Cutler after he introduced a Bill in the Legislature prohibiting the deduction of Union dues from Union members paychecks. Please see Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 242, Paragraph 3 in the Attachment, “Acts under color of law”. Does a collusion exist which denies the child who was killed her Constitutional Rights?This email in with the subject “AG Steadman and Bryan Cutler.” (thank you).That is a very interesting question. The full code is reprinted below from the FBI website (click here). I am still working on the letter for PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane but this raises new issues as well.Among the most blatant is the prosecution’s purported failure to book, fingerprint and photograph Geoffrey Scott Davis upon his arrest, setting of bail ($300,000 unsecured) and even holding his preliminary arraignment.When I say purported – that is because that statement was made in an email to me from the East Lampeter Township Police Chief, John Bowman, which is published on this site, when I requested Mr. Davis’ mugshot. I am still investigating whether that is legal, but it is absolutely NOT standard procedure in Lancaster County for any other arrest (click here to see a summary of the ”Procedures and Processing for Criminal Laws in Pennsylvania”).There are so many other flagrant examples of outrageous preferential treatment in this case by District Attorney Craig Stedman, and again, I will outline them in my upcoming letter, that it certainly appears as if the FBI should be informed and investigate as well.**************************************************Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242
Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law
This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.This law further prohibits a person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation or custom to willfully subject or cause to be subjected any person to different punishments, pains, or penalties, than those prescribed for punishment of citizens on account of such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.Acts under “color of any law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under “color of any law,” the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws, statutes ordinances, or customs.Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
Posted on January 22nd, 2014 1 comment
Police release details of Lancaster City chase that started with gunshots, ended with crashWell, imagine that! The Lancaster Police decide to give details for once! Police Lt. Todd Umstead gives a ton of “details” and the reporter, Dan Nephin, just regurgitates them as absolute fact! The only problem with that is – Umstead is a proven liar! Look at the property damage and the number of lives that were put in danger! Unbelievable! How many things can you find wrong with this story?Please click here to read the LNP story with the above headline and check back laer today.
Posted on January 21st, 2014 3 comments
** LIP News has declared a snow emergency and will not publish this afternoon. The snow and cold have sapped any creative juices I might possess, and besides, government offices are closed and probably will be tomorrow as well so the letter to PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane will come in the next two days.
Stay home and stay warm and safe!
* OMG! These self-serving, greedy bastards! This is why they did it – from today’s editorial, “Bum’s rush,” (click here):An online review of the Marriott Lancaster Hotel by out-of-towners mentions their shock at being aggressively solicited in the hotel lobby itself.
Panhandling in Lancaster: Talk to the reporters who went undercover and wrote the stories
OMG! This is up on Lancaster Online (click here). This is unbelievable drivel! One reporter went “undercover” and apparently it was for an hour on two different days!
Is this a joke? Is this the newspaper’s new direction? One commenter under one of the articles said he/she had to double check they weren’t reading The Onion. Unbelievable!
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Posted on January 20th, 2014 4 comments
ILLEGAL & UNCONSCIONABLE!I will take down this list tomorrow morning and replace it with a link to this same exact list on Lancaster Online because it simply takes up too much space on this site. But it clearly shows how long and deep the Steinman family’s and their business, the Lancaster Newspapers’, racism goes. I don’t know how any decent person could tolerate being interviewed by them or how any decent person could work there. Period. It’s illegal and unconscionable.And I will come back to that later this week with a renewed look at their “knockout game” article by reporter Ryan Robinson which features David Greiner, the second highest man in charge of the over 160 coalition “safety” cameras, and also a look at their court reporter, Brett Hambright.But Tom Murse, their “digital editor” and pictured to the left, told a huge lie today and it is so reprehensible it just makes you want to stand up and scream “liar!” to his face. In a folksy bit about changes coming to their website (click here), Tom responded to a commenter who requested they hold public officials accountable with this:Thanks for the feedback, and I think we can all agree: There’s no such thing as too much investigative reporting. We need, and are planning to do, much more of it.This is the same Tom Murse who less than two weeks ago suddenly couldn’t live stream District Attorney Craig Stedman’s press conference on the Christmas Eve shooting death of a two-month-old baby because I published that morning that the shooter was PA House Member Bryan Culter’s brother-in-law. This is the same Tom Morse who said the full video would be up later on Lancaster Online but instead edited it down to careful clips because it is so damning to the DA, This is the same Tom Murse whose paper has yet to inform the public that the shooter, Geoffrey Scott Davis, is Cutler’s brother-in-law and hence the preferential and outrageous protection of him by the DA.Tomorrow, I am going to print a letter here to the PA Attorney General requesting an investigation into the DA’s handling of this baby’s death and outlining the reasons why. I will ask that you print it out or copy it, sign it and mail or fax it to AG Kathleen Kane. You can also call her office and I will provide full details tomorrow.It may well be a snow day so hopefully you’ll have the time to let her know how everyone in the county has been illegally and unethically snowed by DA Craig Stedman with the direct help of the Lancaster Newspapers and Tom Murse.
BLATANT & INTOLERABLE DISCRIMINATION
This is the newsroom directory for the Lancaster Newspapers. There is not a minority on this list.
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NEWSROOMBarbara Hough RodaExecutive editor481-7335Pete MekeelEditor291-8899Tom MurseDigital editor481-6021Jon FergusonNews editor291-8839Randy MontgomeryNews editor481-6001John CassidyAssistant news editor481-6116Dave CodyAssistant news editor481-6108Jim LooseAssociate editor481-6002Jim BurchikNew Era editorial page editor481-6006Earle CorneliusIntelligencer Journal editorial page editor291-8738Margaret GatesFeatures editor291-8690Copy editorsBill BertBusiness481-6010Bill Hannegan481-6125Doug Harper481-4100Jim Hersh291-8615Jed Reinert481-6120Alex RiosReligion481-8487Jack RobertsColleges / Military481-6003Mary Ellen WrightZoned editions481-6131InvestigationsSusan Baldrige481-6135Jeff Hawkes481-6141Gil Smart291-8817ReportersHelen Colwell AdamsColumnistLarry AlexanderPolice/columnist295-5071Ad CrableOutdoors/environment481-6029Joe HainthalerCounty government481-6132Brett HambrightCourt481-6026Bernard HarrisCity government481-6022Tom KnappGeneral assignment481-6107Casey KreiderOnline journalist293-4301Dustin LeedOnline journalist481-6023Valerie MarschkaBirths399-6607Tim MekeelBusiness editor481-6030Ryan MellonGeneral assignment481-6127Dan NephinMunicipal government481-6150Kara NewhouseEducation481-6013David O’ConnorMunicipal government481-6033P.J. ReillyOutdoors and northwest county481-6138Maureen ReinertOnline journalist291-8759Ryan RobinsonPolice481-6032Keith SchweigertOnline journalist481-6101Karen ShueyState / Federal government291-8716Cindy StaufferMedical481-6024Tim StuhldreherBusiness481-6137Jennifer ToddPolice481-6136Paula WolfColleges291-8692SportsLaura ThompsonEditor291-8677Jeff YoungAssistant editor291-8666Michael LongCopy Editor291-8687Dave ByrneReporter291-8666Kevin FreemanReporter291-8666Jason FulginitiReporter291-8666Mike GrossReporter/columnist291-8688Tim GrossReporter291-8666Ed GruverReporter291-2315Pete KauffmanReporter291-8666Burt WilsonReporter291-8780LifestyleJen KopfCo-editor291-8644Lynn SchmidtCo-editor291-2995Claudia EsbenshadeStaff writer291-2994Mary Beth SchweigertStaff writer291-8757EntertainmentJane HolahanEditor481-6016Elizabeth PattonCopy editor481-6005Kathy DamingerCalendar481-6015Jo-Ann GreeneBooks editor481-7306Eric StarkTV and Travel295-5064PhotographersDan Marschka291-8877Suzette Wenger291-8769Marty Heisey291-8767Rick Hertzler291-8767Jeff Ruppenthal291-8768Blaine Shahan481-8486Vinny Tennis951-8631ArtistChris Emlet291-8870Todd Spidle295-5062MyCommunityTim BuckwalterAssistant News Editor291-8715Jed KensingerCorrespondent Coordinator399-6500Chad UmbleStaff Writer / Copy Editor291-8718
Posted on January 19th, 2014 14 comments
LIES & COVER-UPS
LNP reporter Brett Hambright (left) and District Attorney Craig Stedman
This story of lies and deceit will come on Tuesday. ( This is not the honest reporter referenced in the headline! She is below.) Tomorrow, I have something special planeed for Martin Luther King Day and the Lancaster Newspapers!
* This is online here.
NOTHING BUT LIES
THANK YOU CAROL!
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