Posted on August 3rd, 2014 38 comments
BAIL IS NOT PUNISHMENT!
She [Marie Guepsie Lavaud] was released from hospital care at 1 p.m. Thursday and immediately taken into custody. She was arraigned on the charges before District Judge Rodney Hartman and sent to Lancaster County Prison. Bail was set at $150,000.
From the LNP article, “Mother of deceased baby found in trash bag is jailed,” (click here).
Several years ago, I would have assumed that Lavaud could make bail by posting 10 percent of the $150,000 stated in the article. I no longer do because very often it’s not the case. Lavaud’s bail is “cash” bail and she has to pay the full amount to be released from prison. And the Lancaster Newspaper reporters should correctly identify her bail as “cash” bail.
It occurred to me today that most of the dockets I’ve looked at over the last year are either cash bail or unsecured bail and I wonder why that is. Is it the cases I’m looking up?
And then something else occurred to me and I spent a good while this morning checking all of Hartman’s criminal dockets for the month of July looking for another case where he imposed $150,000 cash bail. I did not have time to get through the entire month, but I will in this coming week and I will have a full report. I may even go back/have to go back many, many months to find a similar bail amount if one exists.
Bail is not intended to be punishment – it is meant to ensure that you show up for your day in court.
I have run out of time. Please check back tomorrow.
3 Types of Bail in Pennsylvania
Bail is typically set shortly after a defendant’s arrest. In Pennsylvania, courts may not use bail as punishment. Rather, bail is security used to guarantee a person’s appearance in criminal court. There are three types of bail:
Posted on August 2nd, 2014 No comments
DEJESUS & REID STILL
IN RICHMOND JAIL!
An officer from Los Angeles County took to Twitter on Friday when Facebook users called for help to report that the social media website was down.
Sgt. Burton Brink, the public information officer in La Crescenta, CA, posted a Tweet reminding people about the reasons for calling them for help.
“Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down, we don’t know when FB will be back up!” he wrote.
CBS-5, “Police: Do not call us if Facebook is down,” (click here).
I have shared my displeasure with the media’s use of Facebook and Facebook in general on this site. So what does this amazing and amusing story from yesterday have to do with anything?
I had a wake-up call these last few days. Close to 5,000 people – yes, you read that number correctly – came to this site daily for three days straight from Facebook to read the “BREAKING NEWS – PLEASE HELP!” story about Karina DeJesus, who was allegedly taken against her will by her ex-boyfriend who was wanted for numerous violent crimes, including murder, in York (click here). Her family was terrified and pleaded for her safe return.
I have no idea who originally posted it (although I do give credit to Jerri and his “Must See Pics an Vids” page) – but it had to be shared hundreds and hundreds of times over and people flocked to this site.
It’s that kind of story. All the local media outlets picked up on it (CBS-21 still hasn’t thanked me, the York Daily Record did). The story then took an unexpected, and yet, happy twist this Monday when they were both found in Richmond, Virginia and Karina was alive and well. Then another twist – Karina was charged with hindering the apprehension of Reid.
And apparently they are both fighting extradition to York because they are both still in the Richmond City jail (click here). DeJesus is offender number 1650008 and Reid is number 1650007.
Her family now is saying she is a victim of the battered women syndrome. Would she really leave three children and her family for a “life” with an accused killer? Who saw them and called the tip into the police? Did they see their photos on Facebook?
This will continue to be a huge story and I would imagine that media outlets will fight each other for the first interview when she does come back to Pennsylvania – if DeJesus – and her potential lawyer - agree to it. Heck, she should and may write a book!
And I have a new respect for Facebook. When it comes to missing persons, it is an invaluable new tool to spread the word and photos – unless (gasp!) it goes down!
Tomorrow – back to the extremely disturbing story of Marie Lavaud.
Posted on August 1st, 2014 4 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
SADLER IS ALIVE &
GRAY LAWYERS UP!
Contrary to persistent rumors, Police Chief Keith Sadler is alive and in a rare sighting was spotted today about town. It was hoped that he was chasing the McDonald’s shooter, but, in fact, he was just going to lunch at La Cocina Restaurant.
And Mayor Rick Gray was spotted today as well, across from the courthouse and in front of 53 North Duke Street, a building with multiple law offices. He reportedly is “lawyering up” for all the current lawsuits against the Lancaster Police Department and the ones that are coming. “I need lawyers,” he reportedly told all the city residents who came up to question him about all the ugly and expensive artwork he has added to the city while crime is rampant.
Speaking of artwork and crime, it is First Friday – be careful out there and it’s back to serious news tomorrow.
(Pictures courtesy of Jerri of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page!)
Posted on August 1st, 2014 2 comments
DA STEDMAN? – 2
What is today’s big story on Lancaster Online? This: “West Donegal man charged with sexual assault of Elizabethtown girl, 13,” (click here).
Carlos G. Jarvis IV is charged with two first degree felonies, one second degree felony and a second degree misdemeanor. Is Mr. Jarvis in jail? No. He is free on $35,000 unsecured bail.
This is simply unconscionable! Please see the story immediately below where Marie Lavaud is in jail on $150,000 cash bail for two misdemeanors.
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 31st, 2014 6 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
BAIL IS $150,000 CASH!Marie Guepsie Lavaud is now in Lancaster County Prison on $150,000 cash bail. This is unbelievable! She is charged with one first degree misdemeanor (concealing the death of a child) and one second degree misdemeanor (abuse of a corpse).Click here for LNP’s story, “UPDATE: Mother of deceased baby found in trash bag is jailed,” and see yesterday’s story two posts down on this site. This bail amount is inexplicable and unacceptable!
Posted on July 31st, 2014 1 comment
BATTERED WOMEN SYNDROME?
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 29th, 2014 31 comments
A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT
In a shocking development, it appears that Marie Guepsie Lavaud, charged today with concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse and currently in a mental health facility, may also be from Haiti as is Cherlie LaFleur. A source confirmed today that the parents of her boyfriend are Haitian. Her name is Haitian/French. It is unclear if she came to this country because of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti or may have come at a different time.
The police and the District Attorney’s office have certainly taken a far different and better approach to this shocking and sad incident than they did with LaFleur.
Click here for today’s LNP story and check back tomorrow for developments.
DA STEDMAN?Where the hell was the county help for Cherlie LaFleur? Or any help?? She wasn’t a flight risk either. I am livid!!!This email in today regarding LNP’s article, “UPDATE: Body of premature baby girl found in the trash in New Holland,” (click here).Yes, these two cases are almost identical (click here for, “Police: McCaskey student, 19, gave birth in school bathroom and discarded baby in trash can“). Both babies were dead and found in trash cans and the New Holland baby was 28 to 30 weeks and LaFleur’s was 27 to 29 weeks.And LaFleur certainly was not a danger to the community and she was jailed and had her face plastered all over the news within twenty-four hours.And her bail was set at one million dollars cash! And District Attorney Craig Stedman was quoted stating:Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said he can’t recall the last time such a charge was filed locally.
Wednesday night, he called the case “utterly sickening,” and said that by making no effort to get medical help for her child, LaFleur “guaranteed his fate.”
He credited city police for a quick arrest and said his office will be in close communication with the coroner’s office.
So, if the New Holland woman is and will be treated differently, District Attorney Craig Stedman needs to explain to the public exactly why on each and every single point!
There will be more tomorrow and also back to the Karina Dejesus/Jeffrey Reid story.
Posted on July 29th, 2014 6 comments
* According to the York Daily Record, DeJesus is being charged (click here).
PEACE & JOY!
Karina DeJesus is safe! Thank you to everyone who posted and shared her story. I am so happy for her family and children who went through the darkest of days but now have the best possible ending. Peace and joy and welcome home!
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 28th, 2014 4 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
THEY’VE BEEN PICKED UP!
This just in from CBS-21 (this is currently all they have on their website as an update to their story (click here):
Sources confirm for CBS 21 that Jeffrey Reid and Karina DeJesus have been picked up in Richmond, Virginia.
We are told Karina is alive.
BRING KARINA HOME!
“We have evidence that he has threatened Karina, that before anybody captures him, he would do away with Karina,” said Madeline Bermudez, Karina’s aunt.
Ramos says Karina is a loving mom to three young kids, including a 2-year-old daughter with Reid.
She says Karina took a ‘Protection from Abuse’ order out against Reid two weeks ago and that she would never willingly leave with him.
“By now Karina would have contacted us, at least to see how her kids were doing,” Ramos said. “She cannot be without them.”
Fox-43, “Family of missing York woman pleads for safe return,” (click here).
This is heartbreaking! I will get a full description of Reid today; his height, weight, tattoos and any scars or other distinguishing marks he may have. The police need to find this man and bring Karina home now! If you see or know anything, please dial 911 immediately.
Please also see the story immediately below on this site and check back later today.
Posted on July 25th, 2014 21 comments
A PLEA FOR HELP!
CBS-21 (click here)
*** 7-26-14 – Finally, this hits the main stream media. Please help. ABC – 27, ” Ex-girlfriend of homicide suspect reported missing,” (click here).
** I spoke with a family member at 3:45 pm today. Karina has not been located. The York Police have been notified. Jeffrey Allen Reid, Jr. is the father of Karina’s daughter but they were not together as a couple. Karina has never been gone like this and not notified her family. Reid is extremely dangerous. He is wanted for murder in a shooting in York this Saturday and an arson on Monday (click here).
Please share their photos everywhere you can and if you know or see anything call 911.
* See below for possible suspect – Jeffrey Allen Reid, Jr., 27, of York. If you see her or know anything about her whereabouts, please dial 911. Her family believes she may be in grave danger! She has three children.
Posted on July 25th, 2014 5 comments
Second arrest made in city shooting; police officer cleared
after wounding suspect
Click here for LNP’s story that is buried on page B-2 of today’s print edition and please check back later today.
Posted on July 24th, 2014 17 comments
LANCASTER POLICE WORK!
The Lancaster Police finally charged the woman who drove into the East Side Commercial Kitchens on Sunday (click here). She is Rasheda Melissa Glazier. It took the police four days to “find” and charge her.
This is unacceptable. They knew her identity very early on!
She was in the Lancaster Common Pleas Court System this March pleading guilty to assault. She has four pages of traffic tickets. She is known and has a bad reputation throughout the town. If the police had acted far more quickly and done their jobs, she should have been tested for drugs and alcohol immediately following the accident.
And this woman was not hard to find. The police were lazy. They simply did not want to do their jobs. If not for pressure from WGAL, this site and certain individuals, this might well have gone down as another “cold case.” This is happening over and over again and it is obviously unacceptable and an outrage.
There will be much more tomorrow.
Police departments breaking the law, failing to fingerprint
ABC-27 (click here)
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 23rd, 2014 2 comments
HOSPITALIZED 11 DAYS!
Richard Rivera, Jr., 18, who was shot by a still unnamed Lancaster Police Officer on Friday, July 11, was released from Lancaster General Hospital yesterday. According to the Lancaster County Prison website, he is housed in the “ADSEG” block, which stands for “Administrative Segregation,” but commonly means “solitary confinement.”
According to his docket, he was scheduled for his preliminary hearing today at 2:15 pm in front of District Judge John C. Winters. Ms. Kim of Winters’ office, said this afternoon by phone that since he had only been released from the hospital yesterday, he has not had the opportunity to obtain legal counsel and today’s hearing was continued for that reason.
LIP News will stay with this story until the public gets answers!
Posted on July 23rd, 2014 7 comments
A WHOLE LOT OF
Police say the 33-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, drove her boyfriend’s Dodge Caravan through a wall of the East Side Community Kitchen on North Plum Street around noon, barely missing a man washing dishes inside. She then fled the scene.
WGAL-TV, “Police to charge woman for ramming van into Lancaster business,” (click here).
You’ve had three days, Lancaster Police! Could we know this woman’s name and the charges now?
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 22nd, 2014 7 comments
The above article was on page B-1 of today’s print edition. I have yet to see it go up on the Lancaster Newspaper’s website or Facebook page, so I’ll be brief today and come back to it when I can link to an article people can read. Maybe LNP is too embarrassed or too afraid of the outrage and backlash it will cause if they put it online!
They sent a summer intern to do this story. (one of their four, white summer interns). Can you even imagine? A college kid who doesn’t have a clue that this is total hypocrisy on the part of the police.
If you recall, I wrote a piece about this when Katelyn Smith of WGAL interviewed Lt. Todd Umstead about the camera registery program and it is reprinted below (click here for the original).
The Lancaster Police have absolutely no idea how to use cameras for some strange reason. You see, Todd, in Philadelphia they release the videos to the public for their help in identifying the perpetrators so they can be arrested! And it works and they even have a YouTube channel to post them on. Do you understand that concept, Lt. Umstead?
A man was shot at the McDonalds at 575 North Franklin Street on July 3rd. There were multiple witnesses and the fight inside and the shooting outside were caught on McDonald’s surveillance cameras.
Yet, not one word of a description has been released to the public let alone video images of the shooter. And, needless to say, no one has been arrested so he is still on the street to shoot again. It has been 19 days!
This is unacceptable, Lt. Umstead. This is not police work! You don’t receive a paycheck for “work” like this! Your job is to protect the public and arrest the shooter! Arrest the shooter or resign!
DO YOUR DAMN JOB!
Kate, this is Todd!
Umstead, Kate! Your charming Lancaster Police spokesperson.
Oh, Todd, I’m sorry! It’s been a while since I talked to you. How is your handsome self?
I’m great! I have a story for you, Kate! Can you get your cameras down to the station right away?
Absolutely! We’ll be right there! Has there been a break in one of the unsolved murders?
Has there been a break in one of the unsolved shootings? Some of those happened right under the cameras.
Has there been a break in one of the unsolved stabbings? Some of those happened right under the cameras.
Has there been a break in one of the unsolved robberies. Some of those happened right under the cameras.
Has there been a break…
Kate, no! It’s an exciting new program! We need more cameras! You know, the 161 cameras we already have on the street are always rotating so sometimes they don’t catch the crime.
I didn’t know that, Todd!
Yes, Kate. Now you understand. We need more eyes! We need those lazy citizens to help us out! I mean we’re at the station playing cards, oops, I mean working our butts off everyday, but these Lancaster criminals are smart – really smart.
Well, I guess so, Todd! You can’t seem to arrest any of them. So what’s the new program?
We want the citizens to register all their private security cameras with us. That way we’ll know where every camera in the city is. Our guys will know where they can rough up a street thug and where they can’t. They’ll know where they can plant evidence and where they can’t!
That’s a little police humor! Seriously, this way we’ll know immediately if there’s a camera in the area and we can get the video right away.
Oh, Todd, you are so smart! I’m surprised you can’t solve more crimes.
Hey, we caught the guy who broke in and stole from Molly’s Pub.
I thought he turned himself into Molly’s after the owner posted his picture all over social media.
A minor detail, Kate! We’d prefer if you forgot about that. Are you coming?
Channel 8 is always on top of the news! We’ll be right there. Comb your hair so you look nice for our cameras, Todd!
You know I will, Kate. We love cameras here in the Lancaster Police Department.
Posted on July 22nd, 2014 14 comments
A LITERAL WHITEWASH!
This is one of the most disturbing videos I have seen in a long time. With the exception of one man of color, shown for one second in the opening seconds of this video, there are absolutely no “minorities” in this video. Since the City of Lancaster is over 50% minority, whoever commissioned this and approved it for use should resign.
I posted the above on the Lancaster City Alliance Facebook page last evening with their “introduction” of this video (click here). This is purposeful, intentional racism by city “leaders” and is unacceptable! I repeat, whoever commissioned this and approved it should resign!
Posted on July 21st, 2014 18 comments
ARE OBVIOUS, DISGUSTING
& HIGHLY DANGEROUS!((((UPDATE: Police ID driver who crashed minivan through wall of city business))))””” DEAR LOL I would expect to see a NAME of the person if Police ID them as you POSTED and made an UPDATE about ?? When I was in 2nd Grade Current Events we were taught THE Who, What, Where, When and Why (thing)…….try to follow those 2nd grader news reporting skills and good luck. LOL=Lancaster On LineThis comment was posted on Lancaster Online under yet another absurd police story, “UPDATE: Police ID driver who crashed minivan through wall of city business,” (click here).I couldn’t have said it better myself and no, I have no relationship with this poster whatsoever. This absurd reporting and the unholy alliance LNP has with the police department, the mayor, the DA’s office and local politicians is becoming obvious to everyone.It literally is the most unethical and scary thing I have ever witnessed. And LNP’s silence on this latest “police involved shooting” is simply an outrage to every citizen of Lancaster County.Please see the comments under this post for a conversation between new LNP President John Kirkpatrick III and Police Chief Keith Sadler that will be continued shortly on this site.
& A TOTAL MEDIA VOID!
Which Lancaster Police Officer shot 18-year-old Richard Rivera, Jr. on July 11th, 2014 (click here)? What is his medical condition? Is he paralyzed? Where is his mug shot? What was the “equipment violation” that caused the police to attempt to stop the car in the first place?
What is the name of the other suspect and why hasn’t he been arrested? How did he manage to escape numerous pursuing police in the first place? Who owns the Hyundai Sonata he was driving? Which police officer crashed his cruiser into a home on his way to this “police involved shooting?”
It has now been 10 days and the public has no answers to these vital questions! The Lancaster Newspapers have done exactly two stories and the last one was on July 14th, seven days ago, with the “recovery” of the Sonata (click here).
This is beyond unacceptable, Mayor Rick Gray, City Council Members, Police Chief Keith Sadler, DA Craig Stedman, LNP President John Kirkpatrick III, Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda and all the “journalists” and “editors” at LNP!
Lancaster has reached a level of police lawlessness, because of a void of any media coverage whatsoever, that is absolutely shocking!
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 20th, 2014 7 comments
* I have run out of time again. For anyone without access to today’s Sunday News, this is the front-page, top-of-the-fold. (I apologize for the poor quality!)
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 19th, 2014 No comments
A HUGE INJUSTICE IN A
The investigation centered on Cedeno-Flores, Miller [Attorney Cory Miller] said — until police spoke with the girlfriend.
She claimed the gun was hers.
“The gun wasn’t hers,” Miller said this week. “But she created a factual problem based on her confession.”
Police had no choice but to put the charge on Feliciano-Velez.
Miller said plea agreements were reached for both defendants.
He called the agreement for Feliciano-Velez a “proper compromised”[sic] based on her confession.
From today’s LNP article by court reporter Brett Hambright titled, “ATTORNEY: Woman takes the fall for illegal gun for boyfriend, jailed 3 to 6 years,” (click here).
There are so many incredibly serious errors with this story about a possible crucial injustice that it is hard to know where to begin:
1. The Judge is not named. The Judge should be named in every article about a court proceeding because they are extremely important and powerful; they work for the public and are very well paid, and most importantly, the public votes them into office so the public needs to know if they approve of the job they are doing on their behalf!
According to both dockets, the Judge accepting the two plea agreements was Judge James P. Cullen.
2. The prosecutor is not named. Please see the above regarding Judges and apply the same here.
According to both dockets, Assistant District Attorney Deborah Greathouse represented the Commonwealth.
3. Only one defense attorney is mentioned. The other attorney should be named so people are aware of his reputation and ability if they ever need a lawyer.
Obviously attorney Cory Miller represented the girlfriend, Migdalia Feleciano-Velez. David Blanck of the Public Defender’s Office represented her boyfriend, Edward Cedeno-Flores.
And for the record and a time frame, it would behoove Hambright to state that all of this played out in Cullen’s courtroom on June 23, 2014. Apparently Miller just recently decided to complain and for what purpose is unclear.
All of this information is crucial, however, because Miller is alleging a huge misjustice took place in Cullen’s courtroom: Cullen, Greathouse and Miller all gave this woman time for a crime Miller is implying they knew she did not commit. It doesn’t get much worse than that!
Both the defendants were facing identical charges of two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts regarding the drugs. She was also charged with an additional second degree felony for receiving stolen property – the gun.
And Hambright states the police had no choice but to charge her. Wrong! Bring the charge against the person they really believe owned the gun and let his attorney argue otherwise the way they do in any other case. Or, just go out in the street and arrest a random person and charge them with owning the gun <sarcasm>. Or don’t bring the charge against anyone – that’s better than allowing an innocent to frame themselves.
Lots of innocent people confess to murders and other crimes to the police all the time, but the police don’t arrest and charge them if they don’t believe they are the actual perpetrator. The police’s job is to arrest and charge the correct killer or wrong-doer, and that is a very good thing!
So, why did Miller allow his client to accept the plea? Was the deal so good that he just said the heck with it and then decided to complain later? His complaint is extremely crucial if true.
There are very serious breaches of ethics and the law here by multiple parties if all of this is, in fact, valid. If Greathouse believed or knew of facts that she was not the receiver of the stolen property, she should not have arranged a plea deal that included the charge for the woman, confession or no confession. If Judge Cullen believed or knew of facts that she was not the receiver of the stolen property, he should not have approved the plea deal.
And her attorney, Cory Miller, besides complaining to the press, should be filing the appropriate motions to get justice for his client.
This is really just all unbelievable! And Hambright’s reporting is totally dreadful. Did he approach Cullen and Greathouse for their side of this story? What about the police who charged her even if, as Hambright implies and Miller alleges, they knew and had facts that she was not guilty of this crime?
Coming tomorrow – another totally outrageous story by Hambright today who yet again, covers for the police for their total ineptitude in arresting a robbery suspect who robbed convenience stores eleven times and should have been arrested after the very first one.
Posted on July 18th, 2014 8 comments
* LIP News will be back tomorrow and I suggest that everyone at the Lancaster Newspapers take cover because their total lack of any reporting on the “police involved shooting” one week ago today is one of the most shocking and despicable things this company has ever done. And that’s saying a hell of a lot! And every reporter and editor at that ridiculous and disgusting “news organization” has to personally own this!
IN ONE CASE AGAINST
RYAN RIVERA, 16
Remember this story and the picture of Ryan Rivera, “Police arrest teen in shooting of 16-year-old in Lancaster city,” (click here)? All the charges in the case were dismissed at his preliminary hearing.
Rivera is still charged in the shooting of a 14-year-old girl on High Street on January 28th of this year (click here).
What in the world is going on? When the Lancaster Police do make an arrest in a shooting, they can’t make the charges stick! Unbelievable.
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 17th, 2014 5 comments
OFFICER STILL NOT NAMED!
RYAN RIVERA’S CHARGES
DISMISSED IN ONE SHOOTING!
Richard Rivera, Jr.’s bail was increased by Judge David Ashworth yesterday from $100,000 cash to $250,000 cash according to a new entry on his docket made sometime today. Rivera is the 18-year-old who was shot by a Lancaster Police Officer last Friday night and his condition and whereabouts are unknown at this time.
He is not showing up as an inmate in the Lancaster County Prison in their “Who’s in Jail” lookup. And why did the District Attorney request an increase in his bail amount? Did Stedman think he could make the $100,000 cash bail?
There is far too much secrecy involving this whole incident – most particularly the name of the officer who shot him. As I stated this morning, the public has a right and a need to know for numerous reasons. It is unacceptable that the name of this officer is being withheld.
And it is simply unbelievable that the Lancaster Newspapers have failed to follow-up on a single item on this story. What was the “equipment violation” that caused officers to try and stop the car? How did the driver of the Sonata get away after Rivera jumped from the Sonata with numerous police in pursuit?
They now have the Sonata so who owns it and why hasn’t the driver been arrested? What is the relationship between this Rivera and Ryan Rivera, 16, who is in prison charged in one shooting (breaking news – all charges in the Crispus Attucks shooting were dismissed at his preliminary hearing– more tomorrow) and both gave an address in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Drive.
Posted on July 17th, 2014 10 comments
* From today’s “Police Log” (click here).
LANCASTER: A man told police he was walking in an alley east of Penn Square around 8:37 a.m. July 11 when he was approached by six men riding in a white sedan. The men jumped from the car and began kicking the victim in the head, face and rib areas. They took the victim’s cellphone, prepaid phone card, wallet, cash and backpack and ripped off his shorts before fleeing in the vehicle. Loss is $352.
AND WHERE IS HE?
Richard Rivera, Jr., 18, who was shot by a Lancaster Police Officer last Friday night, is still not showing up as an inmate at the Lancaster County Prison. Where is Rivera and how badly was he wounded? And who is the officer who shot him?
The public has an absolute right and need to know!
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 16th, 2014 6 comments
* There are not enough hours in the day! I will come back full-blast to the “police involved” shooting this past Friday night tomorrow (please see the story immediately below on this site).
A DESPERATE FIGHT
TO STOP EQUALITY!
Further, defendant City of Lancaster and Police Chief Keith R. Sadler are directly liable and responsible for the acts of defendants Miller, Flurry and Smith because, upon information and belief, they repeatedly and knowingly failed to enforce the laws and guidelines of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the regulations of the City of Lancaster Police Department pertaining to the use of force by police officers, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution, thereby creating within the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster City Police Department an atmosphere of lawlessness in which police officers engage in misconduct in the belief that such acts would be condoned and justified by their superiors.
From Nieves v. City of Lancaster (click here).
This has been going on for years in Lancaster and the police have gotten away with it because the Lancaster Newspapers have intently and purposefully ignored, condoned and lied on behalf of the police.
And it began at the same time as the Civil Rights movement in this country, because the Steinman family did not want their white world changed and segregation and discrimination to end.
Please check back later today.
* UPDATED – 7-14-14 UPDATE – 2ND UPDATE – 7-13-14 UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – LANCASTER: OUT OF CONTROL!Posted on July 12th, 2014 23 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
CAR FOUND!7-14-14 – 4:00 pm – The Lancaster Police have just released an update that the black Hyundai Sonata was found over the weekend in Lancaster Township (click here). It is the same car I ran a photo of on this site on Saturday and I’m running again below? The photo was taken Saturday morning at about 11:00 am and the car was parked away from any houses on Mill Pond Drive but less than a block from and directly behind the house on Betz Farm Drive in Lancaster Township!
LNP BURIES THE STORY!
7-14-2014 - This article is two days late and buried in today’s print edition on page B-2! The police are looking for a second, very dangerous man and a black Hyundai Sonata and LNP has hidden the article on page B-2. The fact that this man is wounded because he was shot by a police officer is also buried halfway down in the article (click here).
This is simply unbelievable and disgraceful and a blatant failure by LNP to inform and protect the public. Please read below to learn everything this website has uncovered in the last two days and check back later today.
AN EERILY SIMILAR CRIME
& A CHIEF AS A NEIGHBOR?
Richard Rivera, Jr., 18, who was shot by a Lancaster Police officer Friday night, had his bail revoked on July 7th – just four days before the police attempted to stop the car he was a passenger in for an “equipment violation.”
On April 14th, 2014, Rivera was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, driving while his operating privilege was suspended or revoked and defiant trespass into a fenced or enclosed area.
His bail was set at $5,000 cash and that was posted for him by a bail bondsman on June 5, 2014. Then, because he was not complying with bail administration, his bail was revoked on July 7th. Did the police know he was the passenger in the car? Did the police know who he was?
There is so much more coming. What was the “equipment violation?” How did the driver get away from pursuing police and what is the status on his name and arrest? Which officer shot Rivera? What do the District Attorney, Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler have to say about all of this? Why hasn’t Rivera’s home been searched?
As noted below, a 16-year-old, also with the last name of Rivera and also living in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Drive, was arrested this year for his involvement in two shootings. There are only 39 homes in the exclusive 1700 block of Betz Farm Drive – and 1755 is owned by William M. Heim, the former Lancaster Police Chief. While the county records indicate he no longer lives there and has moved back to Reading where he was from, he still owns a house on the block.
7-13-2014 – The tow truck parked at the Betz Farm Drive home yesterday morning. There will be much more later today.
*** FINAL UPDATE *** 3:20 pm – There is a tow truck “permanently parked” at the home on Betz Farm Drive. It’s a good bet they might also have a license plate or two…
CAR LOCATED?There is a black Hyundai Sonata parked less than a block from the house on Betz Farm Drive with a different license plate. Perhaps the police should check it out. The photo was taken this morning.
THERE IS ONLY ONE BLOCK
OF BETZ FARM DRIVE!There is only one block of Betz Farm Drive in Lancaster and that is the 1700 Block. It goes from 1701 to 1776 and encompasses 39 very nice, stand alone and well separated homes on a very attractive, well-kept block. There are some notable names among the homeowners.And we now have two young men, both with the last name Rivera, being arrested for extremely serious, violent crimes this year and the police report in both cases their address is in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Drive.So, why haven’t the police been to the home since they shot Richard Rivera, Jr. last night?In addition, there are these huge questions:1. How did the Hyundai get away? Agreed, the passenger jumped out and some cops followed him but there were reportedly a huge number of police cars so what happened to the ones following the Hyundai and how and when did he get away from the pursuing police?2. The police say the passenger they shot had a stolen gun and cocaine. So why haven’t they searched the house where he lived for more stolen guns and cocaine? That is certainly probable cause to search his home. So why haven’t the police been there?3. If the police have the plate number, then they know who owns the car. Or, quite possibly, the plate was a stolen plate and the plate has since been switched and the plate number they gave the public is no longer on the car.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
16-year-old Ryan Rivera, arrested earlier this year for two shootings, also had a last known address in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Drive (click here). That is the same address given by the police for 18-year-old Richard Rivera Jr., who was shot last night by police and charged with multiple felonies.
** The police have just issued an update (click here). Richard Rivera, Jr. was shot. Detective Nate Nickel filed the charges.
Police Involved Shooting,
Union and Prospect
(Click here and please check back later today)
Lancaster Police Car crashes on way to shooting (photo courtesy of “Lancaster County Scanner” Facebook page)
Posted on July 11th, 2014 2 comments
NO BAIL AMOUNT -
MAILED A SUMMONS!You are a reporter for the Lancaster Newspapers. For the last three days, a horrific vehicle accident involving a drunk driver slamming head-on into a 18-year-old’s car and killing her has been your lead story (click here). There are close-up views of the completely mangled vehicles and side stories on the girl who recently graduated from high school and was heading to college in the fall.LNP has recounted this man’s previous DUIs and criminal record repeatedly and District Attorney Craig Stedman has been grandstanding about DUIs and tough sentences and the charges in this case.And you are writing up the police log for yesterday and state Randall Lee Pugliese has been charged for a DUI in May and he has been previously convicted of five DUIs (see the story immediately below on this site). And you don’t think a thing about it and you just keep writing your police log? Really? Seriously? That is horrendous journalism!Actually, I only found four previous convictions but that may be because one was prior to 1998 or in another state. There are also simple assault convictions and an arrest in York County on March 13, 2013 for driving while his license was suspended, not having a valid inspection and no rear lights. That District Judge was harder on him than any Judge in Lancaster – he gave him 90 days of house arrest according to the York dockets.Pugliese is not in jail. In fact, his docket says nothing about bail; he was apparently arrested on May 8th, released and mailed a summons a couple of days ago for this latest DUI charge. According to his docket he is awaiting a preliminary hearing on July 24th in front of District Judge Joshua R. Keller.The charges on his docket for the 5-8-2014 arrest are:DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st OffDUI: High Rte of Alc (Bac.10 – .16) 1st OffDUI: High Rte of Alc (Bac.10 – .16) 1st OffBAC .02 or Higher – 3rd OffenseFor his last and fourth DUI on 4-13-2008, with his bail set at $2,000 and being free on bail for over a year, in a negotiated plea deal with the District Attorney’s office, he plead guilty on August 26, 2009 and Judge Margaret Miller sentenced him to 1-2 years in prison (it looks like he actually served 183 days), three years probation, license suspension for 18 months, no alcohol, ignition interlock, work release and community service.On April 3rd of this year – just over a month prior to his arrest, the docket indicates that the Clerk of Courts, Joshua G. Parsons, mailed a DL-38CCA to Penn Dot. That is a court ordered suspension of his drivers license for failure to pay fines and costs imposed.This is all unbelievable! This man is free as a bird on his fifth (or sixth) DUI arrest! He could easily have killed someone that night in May or any of the other times he drove drunk.District Attorney Craig Stedman and the Lancaster Judges need to crack down hard on these multiple offenders. This man should be in jail with a high bail amount awaiting trial![Editor's note: Randall's first name is spelled with both an "a," as in this article, and also with an "e," as in Randell, on the various dockets.]