** Have a happy and safe Labor Day! LIP News will resume daily publishing on Tuesday, September 8th.
The cropped photo from the picture used by LNP to accompany the story clearly shows the camera directly above the shooting site. (Photo by Justin Graybill.)
* A security video camera is mounted on a utility pole at the Pershing Avenue and Dauphin Street side of the three-way intersection. At least two neighbors pointed that out
“Go check that camera,” one resident said, “That camera caught everything.” From the LNP, November 22, 2009 article on the murder of Sandy Reyes-Mateo, “Multiple shots kill city man,” (click here). Sandy Reyes-Mateo is on the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” list under the tab above.
IS SHE ON DRUGS?
Brogan [Pat Brogan, chief of staff to Mayor Rick Gray and a coalition member] added supporting the coalition ultimately saves the police department money in protracted investigations.
From the LNP article by Dan Nephin, “Lancaster General Health increasing city payments; city wants to use for Safety Coalition,” (click here).
That is such a huge lie by Brogan it is almost laughable – almost – except the families and friends of all the unsolved murders and all the victims of shootings and crimes in the city don’t find it laughable at all. Ask them!
LIP News will publish briefly this afternoon and then go on vacation until Tuesday, September 8th.
[Editor’s note: On May 6th of this year, Jim Mellinger reportedly shot Darrel Smith in the jaw after a road rage incident. No charges have been filed and there has been no follow-up reported by the Lancaster Newspapers or District Attorney Craig Stedman. Click here for LNP’S, “REPORT: Men involved in Warwick Township alleged road-rage shooting have been identified.” There will be more on this at a later date.]
According to attorney Shaka Johnson, the trial of Tyair Burnside (see the story below on this site) hinged on the testimony of Lancaster City Police Officer Jonathan Phillip Reppert.
Officer Reppert is named as a defendant in a Federal Civil Rights case along with four other officers that closely mirrors Burnside’s case – Damian Ruiz v. Bradley et al. (click here).
It begins with the following mention in a police log from October 21, 2011 (click here):
LANCASTER: Damian Ruiz, 33, of the 300 block of East Filbert Street, was charged after he was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm, a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson Walther, during a traffic stop on Thursday in the 300 block of West King Street. Ruiz had a fully loaded magazine in a jacket pocket, He was sent to Lancaster County Prison on $50,000 bail.
This is from the federal lawsuit asking in excess of $75,000 in which the Judge has issued an order for a telephone status conference to be held on Wednesday, September 30 at 3:30 pm:
*** 9-3-15 UPDATE – This has shaken me to my core. The justice system in Lancaster County is broken. It is just completely broken. I recently republished this comment posted on Lancaster Online about the sentencing of two white teens of privilege (click here): …This is the type of criminal justice action that leads to segments of the community feeling alienated, disaffected and discriminated. We’ve seen the consequences of this type of systemic stratification by race, ethnicity and class recently in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland. This needs to be shared. This is happening everyday in the Lancaster County Courthouse and it is not being reported and it has not been for years – and former LNP court reporter and now the DA’s “spokesperson,” Brett Hambright, is directly responsible for that. There is no one holding the police, the DA and the Judges accountable in Lancaster County. Absolutely no one. This must be exposed and fixed now or the consequences will be horrific.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
I just spoke with attorney Shaka Johnson. His law partner, Shawn Page, was Tyair Burnside’s defense attorney in the trial discussed today in the LNP article by Tom Knapp, “City man convicted of illegal gun possession after allegedly firing from a moving car,” (click here). Knapp’s story is based entirely on Brett Hambright’s press release/article (click here). Hambright’s release omits multiple details and contains several lies. This is beyond shocking. Please see the comments under this post and there will be much more tomorrow.
BE VERY AFRAID!
It’s official! DA Craig Stedman now has his own personal spokesman – former LNP reporter and master liar Brett Hambright! What is going on? Please check back later today!
Do not miss your chance to be famous, folks! LNP has a big story in the works. I can’t believe someone would leave the county! What in the world is going on? What about the children? 😉
It’s been that kind of day and there’s only Smart to blame. His list of things to investigate will come tomorrow and then this site will go on vacation until Tuesday, September 8th!
SMART IS NOT A JOURNALIST!
** This gets even more unbelievable! Smart has followed up today with the 1,557 word count, absolutely pointless post, “Donald Trump is not a Republican,” (click here). It begins: At the gym this morning, and they’ve got a bank of flat-screen TVs tuned to a variety of channels for your viewing and listening pleasure, though I prefer vintage Van Halen through the headphones to keep me going. One of the screens was tuned to CNN, and I caught the segment’s title, something about “Will Donald Trump destroy the GOP?” And I laughed. Because the answer is, “probably.” Let me be clear: — I could care less what Smart thinks (if he thinks at all). — It’s so nice he can afford to belong to a gym with a bank of flat-screen TVs and he is so cool to listen to vintage Van Halen. — His spoiled, privileged white self is exactly the reason a lot of people in this country are so angry. — He is totally oblivious to what is really going on. Just totally oblivious sitting up there in the literal ivory tower that is LNP. It is simply unbelievable!
* LNP’s editorial today says Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign today. Not everyone agrees! There is a rally in Harrisburg on September 10th (click here) and an online petition at Change.org (click here). Bill Keisling from NewsLanc.com has been closely following this – click here for “Kane preliminary hearing: an embarrassment in a free society.”
(Click here if you must!) This is unbelievable! Gil Smart, an “investigative reporter” for LNP, just writes stupid blog post after blog post. Why doesn’t he investigate something? I’ll give him a starting list later today. Oh, and the “People of Lancaster” made it quite clear with this list who supports Trump – click here for “Donald Trump Issues List Of People He Has Not Insulted And Still Support Him”:
Brett Hambright, LNP’s long time court reporter, is gone. He has been removed from LNP’s staff list and he has changed his Twitter account, deleting references to reporting and writing. As noted on this site two weeks ago, the rumor in legal circles is that he is now employed by the DA’s office in a “public relations” capacity. His Twitter update would seem to reflect that – but I will work to absolutely verify the information. There really are no words to describe what a terrible, one-sided, unethical reporter Hambright was. Well, I’ll try and find the words tomorrow. How fitting he should go to the DA’s office because he non-stopped kissed DA Stedman’s butt for years – even flat-out lying for him to the public. There should be joy in court circles – except – who will take his place? The court and police beats are the most crucial positions for a news organization and the public. Absolutely crucial.
* LNP, “Seven years’ probation for bookkeeper who stole from Strasburg business for seven years,” (click here).
30 DAYS OR 5 YEARS? – 2
Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the article, “Lancaster teen will spend 30 days in prison for stealing ATM from OCMD parking lot,” (click here). “That’s false, just stop?” This person has obviously never spent time in the Lancaster County Courthouse! And the Lancaster Newspapers, the county’s only “news source,” have done their best to disguise and cover-up the flagrant disparities in charges, bail amounts, plea agreements and sentencing for years. Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.
* There is no point in my typing this again. This is from a post on December 7, 2014 on this site (click here).This is a screenshot so the link to the LNP story in the post and the comments is here.
FREE AT LAST?
KARPATHIOS IS OUT OF BOOT CAMP!
Luke Dimitri Karpathios was released from Quehanna Boot Camp six days ago on August 24th. In total, he served slightly less than nine months in the boot camp. He remained free after his arrest for a March 2, 2014 violent home invasion on $50,000 unsecured bail. He graduated from Hempfield High School between his arrest and pleading guilty to the multiple charges on September 16, 2014. Judge Joseph Madenspacher sentenced him on December 5, 2014 and made him immediately eligible for boot camp. The original charges against Karpathios from his April 10th preliminary hearing are shown below. The less than nine months in boot camp is his total incarceration/punishment for the home invasion. There will be more to follow.
— Click here for LNP’s story, “Local cop’s son and friend claimed to be police officers during violent home invasion.”
— Devin Gardill, the “cop’s son,” received the same sentence but still shows up as being at Quehanna Boot Camp in a Pa prisoner lookup done today.
30 DAYS OR 5 YEARS?
Two of the top stories on Lancaster Online. Is there a connection? Please check back later today.
* “The older gentleman ripped into me about the Confederate flag being part of American history. His wife was trying to hold him back. I said, ‘yeah it’s part of American history that represents hate, racism and slavery,'” Escobar said.”
LNP has a new advertiser and their ads are everywhere on their website. Nice, LNP! Let me check my shotgun slug supply – not!
The family members of Julio Garcia Camacho need to ask Police Chief Keith Sadler, Mayor J. Richard Gray and District Attorney Craig Stedman to see the Safety Coalition camera footage from those two cameras at the time he was killed. Actually, they should not ask – they should demand to see it! And if they don’t get satisfaction, they should go to the State Attorney General’s Office. And if they still are not “permitted” to view it, they should go the Department of Justice. If there are any lawyers willing to help this family with this process, please contact them directly or this site.
This situation with the cameras is outrageous and the public needs answers. I will email every board member and those emails will be printed here along with any responses. At least half of the Coalition’s funding comes from the taxpayers, and I will continue to put in Right-To-Know requests on every level and will also post those here. I will also email Jere Gish of WGAL and ask why his station hasn’t run any photos from these cameras in years asking for the public’s help to identify and arrest the numerous killers and shooters who are on the loose. I will also ask him why his reporters never question the coalition or the police about why they aren’t released to the public. After all, WGAL reporter Meredith Jorgensen did a piece just this week in which she and Lancaster police detective Christopher DePatto were amazed that a bank robber was identified by four members of the public within an hour of her picture being posted by the media.
Why are taxpayers paying for “pure luck”? This comment in under yesterday’s story. That is an excellent question! A Lancaster City Police Officer is quoted in yesterday’s LNP print edition stating the 161 “Safety Coalition” cameras are “pure luck” in terms of catching crimes and criminals – so why are taxpayers paying for them (see the story immediately below)? Why isn’t LNP examining this question and giving the public answers? These cameras have been there for years and they want to add more and yet the public never sees images from them. Why hasn’t LNP asked why? Why haven’t they asked Police Chief Sadler, Mayor Gray and DA Stedman if it is true that it is “pure luck?” If it is “pure luck,” why is WGAL’s Jere Gish going to be the Master of Ceremonies at their big fundraising dinner “Keeping an Eye on Safety” (click here)? Will Gish ask Safety Coalition Executive Director Wes Farmer (pictured left) if it is “pure luck?” The public needs answers and they need them now and I intend to get them! And speaking of DA Stedman, TheElizabethtown Advocate is stating that he sent them three emails including this (click here): I am extremely disappointed with your disregard for even attempting to find the truth before printing a libelous editorial Please advise what you will be doing to address this Oh, for heaven’s sake! Don’t let the big, bad DA threaten you, editor Dan Robrish! It’s amazing he has the time to fire off that many emails. Why isn’t he out checking on those cameras and “pure luck” and working to arrest all the murderers and shooters law enforcement have allowed to remain loose on the streets of Lancaster? Please check back later today.
This comment in today and “huh?” nails it. I get so tired of typing the same thing over and over again and people get tired of reading it!
So this morning, after a friend bugged me repeatedly about all of the unsolved murders and crimes where it is known for a fact police have video they have not shared, I decided to take a somewhat “humorous” approach to point out the obvious again: The Lancaster Police have not shared video from the “Safety Coalition” cameras and private surveillance cameras (Turkey Hill, J&K Grocery, mini-marts, banks, etc., etc., etc.) for years and the local media never questions them about it! Never!
But of all days … in light of today’s terrible tragedy, I will continue this tomorrow.
* Sadly, literally within two minutes of my posting this, there was breaking news that two TV reporters were shot and killed while doing a live broadcast in Virginia this morning (click here). This is horrific and condolences to all involved.
DEPATTO IS “AMAZED!”
Only 40 minutes after a photo of a bank robbery suspect hit the Internet, Lancaster police had the woman’s name. WGAL-TV, “Facebook helps cops solve Lancaster bank robbery,” (click here). Who knew? Hey, Meredith, that is supposedly why there are 169 “Safety Coalition” cameras in Lancaster City! Is this a new concept for you? Why did you think they were there? Didn’t you realize this before? Apparently, even Lancaster City Police “Detective” Christopher DePatto is amazed as well! Does this partially explain why he cannot figure out who viciously killed 83-year-old Erma Kaylor in her home over two years ago? Hmmm…. Please check back later today.
*** According to Randy Patterson of the city yesterday, the Penn Sguare Partners (LNP Media Group and High Industries) have not put in a CRIZ application to expand their Marriott Hotel.
However, the CRIZ Authority Board is meeting today to review and possibly approve two projects according to Patterson. They are the following as discussed in this LNP article:
• Conestoga Plaza:The Spanish American Civic Association’s development corporation plans to build a shopping center in the 900 block of South Duke Street. Plans call for the CRIZ Authority to help finance it.
• Lancaster County Convention Center:As part of the plan brokered by County Commissioner Scott Martin, the city has committed to paying $5 million over seven years toward replacement of the center’s furniture, fixtures and equipment. To enable those payments, the CRIZ Authority plans to float a bond next year, and will pay the debt service with CRIZ increment funds, Patterson said.
Will Authority Board Members Tom Baldrige and Daniel Bentnncourt recuse themselves as they are required to do by the by-laws? Why is the public giving these multi-million dollar companies more money? Can LNP do anything more journalistically unethical and just plain unethical?
There will be more tomorrow.
HOW MANY HEARINGS?
** Last Friday, August 21, District Judge Jayne Duncan’s attorney, Heidi Eakin, filed the following two documents: — A notice to the court that Judge Duncan will be appealing her case to the PA Supreme Court; — A Motion – “Defendant’s Motion For Stay/Supersedeas of August 17, 2015 Order.” In the second filing, Eakin is asking Judge Tilson to refrain from enforcing his Writ of Mandamus order to Judge Duncan to change the three dockets until the Supreme Court makes its decision. And part of her filing is below. I find this to be startling: “…the general public has little if any interest in precisely how Mr. Kerr’s traffic cases were adjudicated.” Oh, I think they do! I think the publics wants to know how many chances they get for a hearing and if they oversleep for their first scheduled hearing involving tickets totalling over $300, if the judge will give them a second chance!
* This is how LNP put Jeff Hawkes’ story about the “Safety Coalition” cameras on their Facebook page. They solved one shooting using the cameras? One? According to LNP, there have been 30 shootings this year and that was before there were seven in seven days! And there’s an unsolved murder from an in-the-street shooting. As a commenter posted, this article is nothing but disgusting propaganda and there will be much more on these cameras in the coming days. Click here for LNP’s, “Map: 30 gunfire incidents in Lancaster city so far this year,” and check back later this afternoon as additional items will be going up.
DOES THE DA HAVE IT ON CAMERA?
What is completely from missing District Attorney Craig Stedman’s three page report on Officer Todd Dickinson’s shooting of Kenneth White on February 11th of this year, is any mention of the Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras (the full report is available here with the PennLive story)! There is not a single mention of camera surveillance video!
There is a camera right there (see the “Safety Coalition” camera map inset above with a blue arrow inserted for the 600 block of Manor Street where Dickinson shot White)! So why doesn’t Stedman even make a mention of camera evidence in his three page report? Where is the video? There will be more later today.
And speaking of the cameras, there is this absurd article by long time LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes on the front page of this morning’s paper (click here for the article). All of Hawkes integrity is gone if he ever had any! These editors and reporters just lie – flat-out lie to the public.
Attorney Heidi Eakin has filed a notice of intent to appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on behalf of District Judge Jayne Duncan, updates regarding the CRIZ and Hawkes and the cameras are all coming later today!
** 4:28 pm – I just received in the mail District Attorney Craig Stedman’s response to my Right-to-Know request, granting it with a copy of his three page report (posted in full on PennLive.com) regarding Officer Todd Dickinson’s shooting of Kenneth L. White on February 11th of this year.
* 8-24-15 UPDATE – I just spoke with William Hobson, Kenneth L. White’s attorney. He was not aware that Officer Todd Dickinson was fired by a unanimous vote of city council in 2007. He is now!
AND SO DID RODA!
Officer Todd Dickinson, fired in 2007.
Roda’s Twitter Account DA Craig Stedman
Lancaster Police Officer Todd Dickinson was fired by a unanimous vote of Lancaster City Council in 2007. That crucial information is missing from both District Attorney Craig Stedman’s report on Dickinson’s shooting of Kenneth White on February 11th and LNP’s story concerning his report (click here). LNP Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, needs to resign today and Stedman needs to be investigated and exposed. I am taking today and part of tomorrow to contact every news organization possible to advise them of this huge and vital missing information. When you don’t think DA Stedman and LNP Media Group can go any lower than they already have – they do!
* Long time reporter Cindy Stauffer has left LNP Media Group. See the comments under this post.
MISSING FROM LNP’S STORY!
*** UPDATED 8-22-15 *** A Lancaster police officer who allegedly hurled insults and threats at a city resident last year has been fired by City Council. Officer Todd Dickinson, a member of the city force since 1999, was terminated by a unanimous vote. Dickinson had been charged with “conduct unbecoming an officer” and being “unfit for duty,” according to councilwoman Louise B. Williams. From LNP on July 11, 2007, “City fires police officer,” (click here).
** Arrests have been made in Wednesday’s shooting of a bystander in the 600 block of Columbia Avenue. Click here for the police press release, “8.21.15 Updated Information: ARRESTS in Shooting Investigation.”
OFFICER WHO FIRED
WAS FIRED IN 2007!
Officers Todd Dickinson (left) and Jose De La Torre
* LNP and reporter Ryan Robinson are running big with this story, “D.A.: Police officer justified in shooting drunken driver with .426 BAC in Lancaster city,” (click here). What took the DA so long, Robinson? Did you ask? And do you know why he finally released it? Because I put in a Right-to-Know request on August 13th and documented it on this site (click here): Please provide a copy of the District Attorney’s report and ruling on the police officer shooting of Kenneth L. White on February 11, 2015 in the 500 block of Manor Street in the city of Lancaster. Do you know who Officer Todd Dickinson is, Robinson? He was fired in 2007 and then quietly brought back by the union (click here). He’s the volleyball partner of Officer Jose De La Torre who shot and killed homeless Gregory Bayne after he urinated in the park. They both were involved in a lawsuit the city paid big bucks to settle. That’s who Officer Todd Dickinson is! Let’s see if LNP reports that to the public!
WHERE ARE THE IMAGES?
Would more security cameras help? LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer has the nerve to ask this question in her article, “Fear, disgust and blood on the sidewalk, after an innocent bystander is shot in Lancaster,” (click here). Call or email Cindy Stauffer. Ask her the last time her news organization published a photo from the Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras? Ask her! Is every one of these LNP reporters taught to lie or can they really be this stupid – and insensitive? Former LNP columnist Carol Evans Petersen nails it again on their Facebook page under the article: Yes, Cindy Stauffer, where are the images? Where are they? Call and ask her! Please check back later today.
*** 30-plus-year veteran LNP reporter, Cindy Stauffer, wrote what will probably be the last article LNP will do on the shooting of a 55-year-old innocent bystander yesterday: “Fear, disgust and blood on the sidewalk, after an innocent bystander is shot in Lancaster,” (click here).
The story has all of the elements listed in the headline. What it doesn’t have is a single word about a follow-up with the police regarding the investigation. Not a single word about what the police are doing to arrest those involved or about the release of photos/further descriptions of the suspects! It’s just totally missing from her story. How can she write about all this pain without asking the most obvious of questions and trying to protect these people from further horror?
On August 12th, I wrote about seven shootings in as many days (click here). Many of those shootings had a “Safety Coalition” camera right on the block where the shooting took place. And yet there has only been one arrest – the McDonalds shooting where the police actually did release photos. And LNP never questions the police, the “Safety Coalition,” the Mayor, the DA or City Council members about the total lack of photos the public pays for. And this has been going on for years!
This is unbelievable! This in inconceivable and unconscionable! Is there a single reporter at LNP with any integrity, decency or honesty left?
** Click here for “CRIMINAL CONDUCT BY THE POLICE!” The shooter in the July 3rd, 2014 assault at McDonalds has never been arrested.
GET OUT, RODA!
* These were very early, sarcastic comments printed under the article yesterday. Today there are more comments about the cameras. For the last six years, the LNP reporters and editors have pretended these 161 cameras do not exist. They run photos of people stealing a bottle of booze outside of the city asking for the public’s help to identify them but they never question why we never see photos from the “Safety Coalition” cameras.
LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda needs to resign today! Citizens are being killed and maimed, while for well over six years, she has remained purposely and intently silent about these cameras. I can’t imagine anything more sickening and disgusting than that!
Remember those huge World War II headlines the Lancaster Newspapers ran about the commissioners who didn’t support their hotel/convention center: GET OUT? Well, today I’m saying it to you, Roda! GET OUT! GET OUT NOW!
– OR RESIGN, CHIEF! – RELEASE THE IMAGES NOW!
Sadler [Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler] said police will view footage from Lancaster Community Safety Coalition cameras, as well as cameras from nearby homes and businesses, in an effort to identify the suspects.
From LNP’s story, “City shooting victim likely was innocent bystander, police say,” (click here).
No! You release them to the public and you do it now, Chief Sadler! You do it this instant so people can protect themselves from these potential killers and help you identify them. Release the images to the public and do it now!
* This will be continued tomorrow. Please contact the police if you know anything about today’s horrific shooting. Click here for LNP’s, “A man shot in 600 block of Columbia Avenue, taken to hospital, city police say.”
SALISBERY & WASHINGTON MET AT THE MARRIOTT HOTEL
Dustin Salisbery, 30, Akeem Washington’s first cousin, was with him when Washington was arrested in the very early morning hours of Sunday, December 28, 2014 outside Yorgos Restaurant.
Senior Montgomery County Judge Arthur R. Tilson’s order to District Judge Jayne Duncan following Monday’s hearing is below. Will Duncan do it or will she appeal to the PA State Supreme Court as her attorney, Heidi Eakin, stated on Monday?
* 11:00 am – LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer just updated the dog and gun story within the last half-hour! That was some kind of lengthy investigation! Click here for “Dog bites woman, man draws gun in Lancaster Township incident.”
ANOTHER DOG OF A STORY!
** Remember the below “big” story by “breaking news reporter” Tom Knapp, “Police officer bitten by dog while investigating gun dispute,” (click here)? He got all excited: A dog bites two people, one a police officer! And a gun is involved! The story is every LNP reporter’s dream! This will bring outrage and hundreds of comments on Facebook! Yippee! That was on August the 14th. There has not been another word about this big incident. So, what happened, Knapp? Where’s your follow-up or was all of this a hoax? Where is the follow-up?
[This is similar to Knapp’s “stolen” golf cart story! Incidents in Manheim Township just seem to disappear! And LNP’s new website now has at least two huge advertisements in every article. At some point, I will begin to “white” them out.]
SLOPPY REPORTING & WHERE ARE THE UPDATES?
* Several people exchanged gunfire and an East Petersburg man was wounded outside of a city bar Sunday morning. This is the opening sentence from LNP reporter Tom Knapp’s story, “Man wounded in shooting Sunday morning outside city bar,” (click here). This is incorrect! It is just plain wrong! According to his own story, either one or two Molly’s Pub employees fired shots at the two men, seriously injuring one of them (*see below). It is reported that these men pointed guns at the Pub employees but it is not stated that either one actually fired their weapon. Therefore, it was not an “exchange” of gunfire! It was one or two Molly’s Pub employees shooting at the two men. This is terrible, sloppy reporting! And why hasn’t there been any more information released? Why haven’t the Molly’s Pub employees been named? They were not in the bar! They took it upon themselves to get involved in a street altercation and a man was seriously injured. What are the details and what are the names of the employees? This is outrageous! *From the police press release it would appear that only one employee of Molly’s Pub did all the shooting (click here): It was determined that the shooter in this case was employed by Molly’s Pub and this individual and two other employees were conveyed to the Police Station, where they were interviewed by Detectives. As a result of the investigation conducted thus far, it has been determined that the three employees of Molly’s Pub walked from the bar across Chestnut St into the 100 Blk N. Shippen St. after they heard an altercation taking place there. The employees located a parked vehicle with two male subjects in it and a couple of females near the vehicle. The employees, two of whom were armed, inquired as to what was going on.
What led to Akeem Washington’s arrest in the first place? The first-hand account from the person who was with him is coming later today.
I have spent a good part of the day on the phone regarding Akeem Washington and this whole situation just gets more outrageous and sickening with every passing moment. I have promised several people that LIP News will follow this case until Washington receives a new trial and I intend to keep that promise. There will be more tomorrow and click here for ” *** EXCLUSIVE *** LIP NEWS INVESTIGATION” and here for “LIGHTNING SPEED & A MINIMAL SENTENCE.”
On a somewhat lighter note: There has been a rumor running around legal circles that LNP court reporter Brett Hambright has applied and possibly been hired by the District Attorney’s office in a newly created position as their “public relations” spokesperson. Judge Duncan’s attorney, Heidi Eakin, publicly questioned LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes in the hearing yesterday. During a court break she went to Hawkes where he was seated and asked, “Where’s Brett?” Hawkes answered, “He’s on vacation.” Eakin then went on to tell Hawkes she heard that Hambright had applied for the reported $60,000 a year position. Hawkes looked surprised and said, “I did not know that!” LNP still lists Hambright as an employee although there has been very little from him in recent weeks. He may be on vacation or he may not. Time will tell whether any of this is true.
***** This case is very serious. What paperwork did Judge Garrett fail to file and was Judge Duncan aware that he had already found Shawn Kerr guilty on all three tickets? If she was, then her conduct in holding a “new” hearing is outrageous and unjustifiable. It’s a shame Kerr overslept – but if you snooze, you lose! From “YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE!” on July 6th on this site (click here). Heidi Eakin, District Judge Jayne Duncan’s defense attorney, has tried to “double-cover” on every issue in this case. According to Eakin, fill-in Judge Daniel Garrett did not properly complete the paperwork for Shawn Kerr’s citations but even if he did, it is standard procedure for District Justices across the county to have a second hearing if the defendant had “good cause” to miss the first. Montgomery County Senior Judge Arthur Tilson totally ignored Eakin’s claim about Judge Garrett’s paperwork and Eakin even stated that in another case on the same day as Shawn Kerr’s, Duncan accepted Garrett’s guilty in absentia verdict with the exact same paperwork because the defendant never contacted her office to “explain” why they missed the hearing. When I first spoke to Eakin and she said Shawn Kerr had a new job working the third shift and he overslept, I said, “Maybe. Or maybe he was out drinking with his buddies.” But even that is totally irrelevant. Shawn Kerr snoozed and he lost. And his next avenue is an appeal to the Common Pleas Court. Eakin even tries to cover that argument by telling LNP that District Judges shouldn’t “clog” Common Pleas court with appeals and as many matters as possible should be adjudicated at the DJ level. Agreed. But they have to be adjudicated following the letter of the law. Kerr had a hearing and for whatever reason he missed it without notifying the court ahead of time; he was found guilty in absentia and that verdict holds. How many people are granted a second hearing? How do you decide if their “excuse” is good enough? Justice has to be equal and there has to be a uniform procedure. You don’t get two hearings on the same tickets. Period. District Judge Jayne Duncan is wrong.
Click here for LNP’s, “Common Pleas judge rules against Elizabethtown Magisterial District Judge Duncan in traffic citation spat; Duncan to appeal” and please check back later today.
**** I agree with Judge Tilson’s decision. It goes back to something I said to Judge Duncan’s attorney, Heidi Eakin, in our first phone conversation: “Justice has to be equal.” I think Tilson is basically saying the same thing with “uniform procedure.” I have a lot to say about all of this but I have run out of time today and it will have to come tomorrow.
UNIFORM PROCEDURE – NOT JUDGE’S DISCRETION!
*** Montgomery County Senior Judge Arthur R. Tilson told the court that there must be a “uniform procedure” in the courts. He said if someone is found guilty by a District Judge, their only option is to appeal. He stated District Judge Jayne Duncan did not have the “discretion” to continue Shawn Kerr’s hearing after Judge Garrett found him guilty. He was referencing the “second hearing” Shawn Kerr was granted by Judge Duncan. Judge Tilson said it doesn’t matter if you were shot in the leg or overslept – if you missed your hearing and were found guilty in absentia, you have to appeal if you want to fight the verdict – you are not entitled to a second hearing for “good cause.” Officer Joshua Reager of the Northwest Regional Police took the stand and said Judge Daniel Garrett, filling in for Judge Duncan, gave Kerr extra time to show up for his hearing, but when he didn’t appear, Garrett found him guilty in absentia. Kerr showed up an hour late and Judge Duncan granted him a second hearing. Judge Tilson ruled against her. The ramifications for this decision are huge. Duncan’s attorney, Heidi Eakin, said she will appeal his decision this week.
There will be much more later today.
** 10:50 am – Judge Tilson has ruled against Judge Duncan.
*10:08 am – Montgomery County Senior Judge Arthur R. Tilson has determined and stated that he has jurisdiction over the matter and he has denied defense attorney Heidi Eakin’s request for a stay in the civil proceeding pending the criminal resolution. He is now in his chambers deciding whether there needs to be a hearing on the facts of the Writ of Mandamus or whether he should issue the Writ right now.
JUDGE DUNCAN’S HEARING
LANCASTER: There are six Boy Scouts sitting in the juror area in Courtroom #12 in the Lancaster County Courthouse. As the man sitting next to me said, “Why not?” This is going to be a circus! District Judge Duncan is here, her attorney Heidi Eakin, attorney Jeffrey Conrad, who appears to be in Duncan’s corner, Senior Judge Daniel Garrett and a special prosecutor brought in by the DA’s office. Let the drama begin!
* Click here for “LOCK HIM AWAY FOR LIFE?” which was published on this site when the charges against Akeem Washington were first lodged.
NO ULTERIOR MOTIVE?
Tremayne Jones from his Facebook page.
Tremayne Jones worked his way through the Lancaster Justice system at lightning speed. He was arrested and jailed on December 20, 2014 for two crimes he committed on July 15th, 2013, according to his docket. He was charged with:
— M1 – Terroristic Threats – Cause Serious Public Inconvenience
— M3 – Disorderly Conduct – Engage in Fighting
His home was listed as Spring Valley, California and he was jailed with his bail set at $200,000 cash.
Akeem Washington was arrested and jailed on December 28th for Disorderly Conduct and other charges and Jones was his cellmate. According to the police, Washington hatched his plan to kill the three officers and the family of one officer that very day and requested Jones’ help. He was charged with four counts of criminal solicitation for criminal homicide with the offense date listed as December 28th.
Meanwhile, Jones had his preliminary hearing on January 2nd where both charges were held over for Common Pleas court and he had his formal arraignment on January 23, 2015.
On February 10th, Jones testified at Washington’s preliminary hearing and 17 days later he pleaded guilty to his two charges in a negotiated plea deal and was granted immediate parole.
So, from the day he was arrested and jailed, he spent 70 days – two months and 10 days – in jail and his case was adjudicated and he was paroled.
The sentence given to him by Judge Margaret Miller is below. He was to serve a minimum of three months on the first charge. He didn’t spend three months in jail – he spent 70 days. And Judge Miller ordered immediate parole with the supervision moved to Texas.
And Assistant District Attorney Christopher Lechner, who prosecuted both Jones’ and Washington’s cases, said Jones “had no ulterior motive” and “he didn’t want anything in return?” And Lechner said Jones “was so disturbed by Washington’s plan he felt it necessary to come forward?”
Really? Well, it would sure seem he got something in return and that’s quite a touching sentiment coming from a gang member and a man who ran a multi-state sex trafficking ring!
In the PennLive report of the trial it states the jury deliberated for 9 and 1/2 hours after the two day trial. That’s quite a lengthy deliberation and reportedly Judge David Ashworth hurried them along because it was infringing on time he had scheduled to be off and he also told them he didn’t want a hung jury.
And so Akeem Washington is arrested and jailed on December 28th and makes elaborate and firm plans with a cellmate he had never met before to kill three officers and the family of one of them that same night? He is looking at spending the rest of his life in jail.
And Jones? Well, he’s living the good life as a gang member in San Diego, California.
The above quotes from prosecutor Lechner are from this PennLive article. There will be more at a later date.
* EVERETT — A judge on Monday raised bail to $500,000 for a suspected pimp who’s the target of a multi-state sex trafficking investigation.
The Oregon man and three women — ages 18, 19 and 22 — were nabbed Saturday after an undercover Snohomish County deputy sheriff posed as a customer and lured them to a south Everett hotel. They’d advertised sex on a website.
One of the women identified Tremayne S. Jones, 29, as their pimp and described living in constant fear of him, court papers said.
On Saturday, Jones was arrested for investigation of trafficking, promoting prostitution and obstructing police.
…Jones has been under investigation for sex trafficking on and off since at least 2005, according to court papers. In one case in Oregon, he reportedly escaped police by jumping from a second-story window.
From the Herald.net on January 8, 2013, “Suspected pimp, three woman arrested in Everett sting,” (click here).
Is this the same Tremayne Jones? Well his age is correct for two years ago and according to the Washington courts his middle name is “Sherrard.” I cannot find his date of birth in the Washington court system but I will call there on Monday. I’d put the odds that it’s the same man at 99-1!
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
THE WITNESS IS SCUM!
Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Lechner said Jones [identified in the article as Treymayne Jones] had no ulterior motive and was so disturbed by Washington’s plan he felt it necessary to come forward.
Lechner said Jones told authorities he felt the alleged plot to kill one of the officer’s family went too far, the story reported.
“One of the things that was unusual … was he said he didn’t want anything in return,” Lechner said, noting there was no deal for Jones’s cooperation. “We wouldn’t have proceeded (to trial) if we felt he was an unreliable witness.”
From the LNP article by Cindy Stauffer, “Man faces up to 60 years in prison for plotting to kill city cops,” (click here).
Well, isn’t that special, Mr. Lechner? Can you say “liar?”
— You pull up Pennsylvania dockets for Jones and there is only the one. Poor guy lived a good clean life and just got into trouble once!
— And then you look closer. His docket states his middle name is “Sherrard” and his date-of-birth is 11-23-1983 and he is from Spring Valley, California.
— And you google him and find out that the spelling of his first name is most often spelled “Tremayne,” not the “Treymayne” used by the Lancaster Courts.
— And then you find out that a “Tremayne” S. Jones, with the same date-of-birth was arrested on June 3, 2015 in Marion County, Oregon for harassment.
— Oh, and then you do a little more searching and find out this guy really gets around – his Lancaster docket says his parole will be moved to Texas.
— And then you find out this man is the scum of the earth!
More to follow and please also see this morning’s post immediately below.
There are social media reports that a of a bunch of rabid racists are going to drive their trucks through Columbia today. Please be safe and let the police handle this. This is all because of LNP and their reporter Ryan Robinson who wrote the disgusting and lie filled, “Columbia man in Confederate flag fight gives his side; ‘Rebel runs’ hit Lancaster,” (click here). And LNP has kept this piece of trash on their homepage for over three days now. “Rebel run” is just another word for the KKK in trucks with Confederate flags stirring up hate, fear and trouble. Absolutely disgusting. I ran a photo of the truck with the huge Confederate flag in the bed on this site over two years ago because the person who saw it and photographed it immediately recognized it as an expression of pure hate. Please be safe and check back later today.
** William Flores-Sandoval’s docket has been updated to reflect 9 misdemeanor counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. I spoke with Detective Thomas J. Ginder and also emailed District Attorney Craig Stedman shortly after noon today. All of that will come tomorrow. Have a great and safe Friday!
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
* The woman who answered the phone in District Judge John C. Winter’s office this morning at 11:46 am stated, “There was only one count of recklessly endangering” lodged against William Flores-Sandoval and the docket is correct.
Informed that LNP is reporting that he was charged with nine counts, she stated, “LNP is wrong.” She said that I should contact the detective who filed the charges, Thomas J. Ginder, for an explanation and I will do so. The man shot four rounds in a crowded McDonalds! How can there only be one recklessly endangering charge? What is going on?
AN ISOLATED INCIDENT?
Police Chief Sadler Ryan Robinson
“It’s pretty brazen, so dangerous and so fortunate that nobody got hit,” Sadler [Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler] said. He called it an isolated incident.
By LNP reporter Ryan Robinson in, ” Police: Shooter at Lancaster McDonald’s surrenders; Chief blasts ‘brazen’ act,” (click here).
What is wrong with Robinson? Does he have a single brain cell? Does he question anything? Does he know what being a reporter means?
“An isolated incident?” There have been seven shootings in as many days with two homes and seven vehicles hit! It’s unbelievably fortunate that nobody was killed or injured in those incidents but there was a tremendous amount of property damage!
How can a reporter let someone flat-out lie to him like this and not even question it? How can a reporter and a news organization fail to protect the public this way?
And as for the charges? Robinson says this:
Police charged Flores-Sandoval with carrying a firearm without a license, a felony, and nine misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person.
That is certainly not reflected in his docket (see below) where it indicates only one count of reckless endangerment. I will call District Judge John C. Winters’ office this morning to find out if this is a clerical error. And why isn’t Flores-Sandoval charged with aggravated assault or attempted murder?
Regarding the guy who turned himself in. NOTE TO LNP AND LCP: See how freaking easy it is when you post a photo??? This comment in today (see the story immediately below). Exactly! But it is totally absurd that a commenter to a website has to point out the blatantly obvious. And the “Safety Coalition” needs to be included in that. Six years of those cameras and there has only been one grainy photo released to the public in all that time and it was from a crime that occurred over a year before! Last year I wrote article after article about a shooting at the North Franklin StreetMcDonalds on the eve of July 4th that has never been solved and the photos have never been released to the public. With help, I verified and showed pictures of the cameras at the McDonalds and the fact that the manager stated the entire incident – both inside and out – was caught on their cameras. Someone in the police department needs to provide an explanation as to why those pictures were never released to the public and release the photos now or they can go to jail for obstruction of justice! And that applies to all the shootings and the “Safety Coalition” cameras as well! A piece from July 7th of 2014 on this site is republished below (click here for the original) and there will be much more tomorrow.
CALL THE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL TODAY!
Chief Sadler is responsible for the protection of lives and property in the City through the organization and directing of all police functions. His duties involve the planning, directing and coordinating of patrol, traffic, juvenile, criminal investigation and related services and activities, and overseeing the training, assignment and discipline of all Bureau members. From the Lancaster Police website (click here). Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler is not doing his job. A man was shot at the McDonalds at 575 North Franklin Street on Thursday night, July 3rd. Multiple employees and customers witnessed the two men fighting inside the McDonalds and then the shooting outside. A bullet broke one of the windows of the restaurant and customers and employees had to duck for cover. The entire incident was caught on McDonald’s surveillance cameras. The shooter has not been arrested and not one word of a description has been released by the police. The public is in danger and has been for days! This is inexplicable and unacceptable. Call or email Mayor Gray and the City Council members today! Demand that the Lancaster Police protect the public and release a description and image of the shooter to get him off street.
**** A commenter posted this picture on LOL’s Facebook page under the McDonalds arrest story and wrote – “They put a minions sticker over the bullet hole lol.” Oh, my!
*** William Flores-Sandoval – the police press release is here.
** William Flores-Sandoval, the man who turned himself in for the shooting at McDonalds, had a bench warrant hearing from domestic relations on January 8, 2015 (click here). Maybe it’s the same woman or maybe that woman knows the woman who was with him at the McDonalds!
* *** BREAKING NEWS ***“Police: Shooter at Lancaster city McDonald’s restaurant surrenders,” (click here). Will the woman with the obscured face be charged?
Please provide a copy of the District Attorney’s report and ruling on the police officer shooting of Kenneth L. White on February 11, 2015 in the 500 block of Manor Street in the city of Lancaster. The above Right-to-Know request was mailed to the District Attorney’s office yesterday. I think over five months is sufficient time for the DA to issue his ruling, don’t you? Where the hell is LNP?
A commenter sent in a link to this petition on Change.org (click here). Thank you and I will try to follow up with those involved. It’s going to be a busy day! Click here for LNP’s, “Rep. Sturla: AG Kathleen Kane entitled to ‘stay and fight'; DA Stedman calls her a ‘disaster,’ ” and please check back later today!