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  • ** – * WHAT IS GOING ON?

    Posted on February 24th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

    **   “Jane Doe” is sitting in jail and according to her docket (below her photo) she did not cooperate with an interpreter and has been denied bail.

    *    The police, the DA’s office and humanitarian groups need to look much deeper into this. Who are these women, where are they from – and most importantly –  are they there of their own free will?

     

    HUMAN TRAFFICKING
    IN NEW HOLLAND?

      

        

         Photos from Angel’s Spa on Yelp.com, where a woman who refuses to give her name was arrested for prostitution on February 21st. Who are these women and what is going on in New Holland?
         Click here for the Yelp.com entry. The site states the photos are “from the business owner.”

  • ** – * TELL IT TO…

    Posted on February 23rd, 2019 Becky 17 comments

    **   I took this screenshot of the below four stories lined-up yesterday on Lancaster Online. How sad and horrific. Yes, Lancaster County is a “special place!”

    DEMOCRAT
    RUNNING FOR DA!

      

    *     Click here for his biography on his law firm website, Crystle-Allen Law.

    YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD!

         Even though I was born at Lancaster General, lived most of my 51 years here and have a family tree showing Eshlemans arriving six generations ago, I don’t know what “Lancaster County values” are.
    From the above LNP column (click here). 

          It is incredibly ironic that LNP managing editor Tom Murse tweeted and linked to the above column last week. You see, it is LNP that tells the residents of Lancaster County they are “special” and “unique” almost weekly in their editorials.
         They did it on January 27th with their editorial about Mayor Sorace’s “State of the City” speech (click here). Their final sentences:
          And we certainly agreed with the mayor when she said Lancaster is “a special community. And there is more work to be done.”
          The notion that Lancaster residents are a “special community” or have “special values” is absurd. In his column Eshleman says this:
         Then there’s U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, who lives in Chester County but also represents Lancaster County. In 2004, Pitts said, “There’s a theme to my work in Congress, and I say it all the time … I want to bring Lancaster County values to Washington ….”
         Pitts knows ‘em, for sure, but don’t you wonder if the folks of Chester County aren’t miffed that Pitts doesn’t take their values to Washington? Perhaps they have none.
         And the reason Lancaster County is so Republican and men like Pitts stayed in office so long is because of the Steinman family and thus, LNP, endorsing these fools for years. 
  • * JUDGE THIS: “BROUHAHA” OR CRIME?

    Posted on February 22nd, 2019 Becky 4 comments

    — LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    IT’S ILLEGAL!

        From LNP’s interview with attorney Michael Hess (click here).

    *    When Hess told me the same thing, I said, “Call the attorney general!”

    LNP’S ANALYSIS: WAY OFF!

       

         The in print headline to yesterday’s LNP front page story on DA Craig Stedman and a comment posted under the story on Lancaster Online.

         So it was all just a “brouhaha?” Really, LNP? Threatening a man’s lawyer to get a candidate out of the race or Stedman will release damaging information on his client is just a “brouhaha?” Um, wrong! It’s illegal!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** STEDMAN’S LIES “CARRIED HIM THROUGH!”

    Posted on February 21st, 2019 Becky 7 comments

         The majority of Dhara Lalani’s lawsuit against Steinman Communications is contained in “Exhibit A” which is her very lengthy and very detailed “Charge of Discrimination” she filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission prior to the lawsuit.
          The basis of her complaint is against Robert Krasne, the Chairman of the Board and the publisher of LNP (he is referred to as “Bob” in the below very brief excerpt). Because this names a lot of former and current employees and involves specific and sensitive information, I am taking my time to work through all of the allegations.

    ****

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    DISCRIMINATION ALLEGED!

    *    Please check back for this developing story and thank you to the emailer for the heads up!

    ******

    5TH GRADE CRAP!

    (Click here)

         What an absolute joke! “Analysis” my butt! And it took three, count them, three reporters to put out this 5th grade crap!
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE – SURPRISE ENDORSEMENT FOR ADAMS!

    Posted on February 20th, 2019 Becky 7 comments
    *     Several controversies in the judicial and district attorney races had rattled the influential committee in recent days, including public statements by Michael Hess, an attorney and Manheim Central Republican Committee member, that Stedman tried to use a file he compiled on Fetterman, Hess’ former client, as leverage to push Brown out of the race.
         The three-term district attorney is also accused of suspending Fetterman for political reasons and is under a human-resources review of his conduct.
    From the LNP article covering last night’s Republican Endorsement Convention (click here).
         It’s not over yet! I’m told both Fetterman and Stedman have lawyered up!

     

    ADAMS, STEDMAN ENDORSED!

               

                                  Heather Adams                     Craig Stedman

          A surprise and a good one last night: Mark Fetterman withdrew his name for consideration and the Republicans endorsed private attorney Heather Adams over ADA Karen Mansfield to run for District Attorney.
          Will this bring real change to the District Attorney’s office?
          And Craig Stedman was narrowly endorsed over Todd Brown but Brown left the door open for him to continue his run against Stedman to be judge. Is change really in the wind?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * & STEDMAN WANTS TO BE A JUDGE!

    Posted on February 19th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

    WHO WILL THE
    REPUBLICANS CHOOSE?

          

                              Todd Brown                          Heather Adams

         We will see what tonight brings. If the Republicans care about justice and decency and honesty, they will endorse Todd Brown to be a Lancaster County Judge and Heather Adams to be the District Attorney. Stay tuned and check back tomorrow.

    **     I texted Attorney Michael Hess this afternoon and asked him what he thought would happen tonight. His response is below:

    *    The Republican Endorsement Convention is tonight from 7 to 9 pm at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster.

     

    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 7

     

          My article from February 14th is on the left (click here for the original), LNP’s two articles from today are on the right (click here and here).

         The best response is posted below the article on Lancaster Online:


         This is all unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • * DEMAND ANSWERS!

    Posted on February 18th, 2019 Becky 2 comments

    — Taking the afternoon off. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    (SIC!)

    *     These quotes from Robert Krasne from the LNP story shown below may be the only time I have or ever will agree with this man.
           But what cracks me up is the reporter corrects Krasne’s spelling! Really! Krasne must have emailed or written his statement and used the wrong spelling of “principles” – and rather than simply correct it – the reporter pointed it out with “(sic)”! LOL!

    WHAT IS STEDMAN HIDING?

              

         District Attorney Craig Stedman, who is paid by the public to protect and serve the public, doesn’t want the public to know how much civil forfeiture his office collects and what ultimately happens to it? Why not? What is he hiding?
          And this man wants to be a judge? Demand answers from this “public servant!”
    Please check back later today.

  • LARSEN OUT!

    Posted on February 17th, 2019 Becky 5 comments

    AND A WHOLE
    LOT OF WHITE PEOPLE!

    From today’s front page article in print and online titled, “Party’s picks up for grabs as Feb. 19 republican endorsement convention approaches,” (click here).

    *

         And LNP also has this glowing story on their front page (click here for the story online).

         I wonder how many of the 1,100 who “avoided jail” last year were minorities? Did you look that up, reporter Jeff Hawkes? Do minorities get the same opportunities to “avoid jail?”

         The above photo of the members of the Veterans Court treatment team by LNP photographer Suzette Wenger that accompanies Hawkes’ story shows a lot of white people! How is this possible? The racism is Lancaster County is astonishing!

  • THE BIG STORY? THEY FORGOT ADAMS!

    Posted on February 16th, 2019 Becky 1 comment

    WHAT HAS LNP
    FAILED TO TELL YOU?

         On Friday morning I received LNP’s email “Power & Policy.” Several minutes later it came in again with the below note! They completely “forgot” that Attorney Heather Adams is running to be district attorney!
         What else has LNP “forgotten” or failed to tell you about these candidates?
    *
  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – WHO VETTED THESE CANDIDATES?

    Posted on February 15th, 2019 Becky 7 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MARRIED TO A FELON!

    *     An email sent to Kirk Radanovic, Chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Committee, yesterday by Attorney Michael D. Hess.

    *******

    WHO IS FIT FOR OFFICE?

    From left, former disgraced Sheriff Mark Reese, Representative Bryan Cutler and DA Craig Stedman.

          

    Republican candidates for District Attorney – From left, Heather Adams, Mark Fetterman and Karen Mansfield

    More from Attorney Michael Hess is coming  later today.

  • UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – HOW MANY DA OFFICES HAVE A “SPOKESPERSON?”

    Posted on February 14th, 2019 Becky 7 comments

    “GET BROWN OUT!”

    Brown

    **   Attorney Michael Hess said that Stedman called him and said he knew he was friends with Todd Brown, the county’s chief public defender, who is also a Republican running to be judge. Stedman said, “I’ve got to do something. I have to win. Tell Brown to drop out. Get Brown to drop out and I won’t release any information on Fetterman.”
          Hess said he told Stedman he “would never do it.”

    [Editor’s note: The conversation was so astonishing that I dialed back the number for Burke & Hess and asked for Hess to make sure I really was talking with him and it was confirmed! Hess also told me he called LNP and told a reporter everything he told me. Coming tomorrow – Stedman threatens to fire Fetterman multiple times. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!]
    ***

    Mansfield

    *    Attorney Michael Hess also confirmed to me something that I have been told by numerous others: ADA Karen Mansfield, who is also running to be DA, and Carolyn J. Flannery, the former ADA who is accusing Fetterman of unwanted romantic advances in 2008, are very close friends. In fact, Mansfield was a bridesmaid at her wedding in western PA within the last two years.

         Hess stated it was the day after the first straw poll that Fetterman won by a large margin, that Flannery made her allegations.
         From the LNP article regarding that vote (click here):
         In the three-way race to replace Stedman, Fetterman received 69 of the 114 votes, or nearly 61 percent. Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield received 24 votes and private-practice attorney Heather Adams won 21.
    ******

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    HESS TELLS ALL!

          Attorney Michael Hess of Burke & Hess has withdrawn as ADA Mark Fetterman’s attorney so he can talk to the press and tell them what really happened, he told me by phone this morning in a close to an hour long conversation.
          Among many, many items that were discussed and will be coming to this site, he began by stating that District Attorney Craig Stedman first came to odds with Fetterman, who is running to succeed Stedman, over release of the civil forfeiture financial information. He said Fetterman believes the records should be released and he will do so if elected DA. Stedman adamantly opposes it and has appealed LNP’s Right to Know determination that the information is public and should be released.

    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 6

          If you read the LNP story, “District attorney, veteran prosecutor clash over suspension,” you probably saw the comment below beneath it on Lancaster Online. It is excellent and on point. And I was thinking how serious this suspension of an Assistant District Attorney running to be the District Attorney really is. Unbelievable. What was Stedman going to tell the public?

    Please check back later today.

  • **** – *** – ** – * WHERE’S THE MONEY, STEDMAN?

    Posted on February 13th, 2019 Becky 22 comments

    — Doing some research this afternoon. Posting tomorrow will be sporadic if at all. LIP News will absolutely return on Friday. —

    **** ABC-27’s recent photo of Debra Slaymaker-Walker leaving the District Judge’s office after her preliminary hearing. Does this new law say this is no longer “legal?” How could that even be possible?

    ***   The statute, unlawful use of an audio or video device in court, makes it illegal for anyone to capture, record, transmit or broadcast a photograph, video, motion picture or audio of a proceeding or person within a judicial facility or in an area adjacent to that facility.
         That would include witnesses, defendants, lawyers or other parties involved in such proceedings.
    From the press release below.
         Wow! Does this mean no more pictures of the alleged perp. walking into the District Judge’s office? Really? Does anyone know?

    **   Stedman’s spokesperson, Brett Hambright, is busy this morning. Click here to read the below press release!

     

    *     I wrote in detail about this ridiculous editorial – click here. Where’s the $149,950 laser-shooting crime scene scanner, Stedman?

    ******

    OVER 40 UNSOLVED MURDERS!

    The beginning of the recent LNP editorial, “Given the key role DNA played in finding Christy Mirack’s killer, launching Unsolved Homicide Unit seems smart,” (click here).        

         One of the callers over the last few weeks with information on the goings on in  the District Attorney’s Office asked me: “Why would Stedman only have $10,000?” I didn’t and don’t have an answer. It’s absurd! There are over 40 unsolved murders in the last 25 years. Where’s the money, Stedman?
    Please check back later today. 

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * THIS IS PUBLIC INFORMATION!

    Posted on February 12th, 2019 Becky 14 comments

    WITHDRAW, STEDMAN!

          From numerous sources, this is what I was told about Fetterman’s suspension:
         Fetterman was suspended after a verbal blowup at a meeting with Stedman on Wednesday, January 30th.  The meeting occurred after Fetterman’s attorney, Michael Hess of Burke and Hess, wrote a letter critical of Stedman to the Republican Committee of Lancaster County. 
        The letter called out Stedman for meddling in the district attorney race and actively supporting his Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield to replace him among other things.  Actively supporting a candidate for another office is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which applies to candidates for judge. 
         On the Saturday morning after Fetterman was suspended, the county commissioners had an emergency meeting and directed Stedman to reinstate Fetterman.  Stedman didn’t follow personnel policy when he suspended Fetterman.  The County was afraid of a lawsuit because Stedman suspended Fetterman for political reasons. 
         There are still multiple disturbing questions about ADA Karen Mansfield and they will be coming shortly. And Stedman needs to withdraw his name as a candidate for judge. What a horrendous mess and conduct by Stedman. Let us hear from the third candidate for district attorney – Heather Adams.

    *******

    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 5

     

    *    LNP finally has the story up that was reported on this site a week ago (click here for the LNP story)! Stedman did suspended Fetterman and the county got involved!
         And there is this from the article:
         The clash between two politically ambitious prosecutors offers a rare glimpse into the work environment in an office that is typically buttoned-up and image-conscious; it is the only county department, for example, that employs a full-time media specialist at taxpayer expense to handle press inquiries and control the flow of information from local law enforcement to the public.
         Oh, this is rich. That person, of course, is Brett Hambright, LNP’s former court reporter who LNP now re-writes for all of their court “reporting” (see yesterday’s afternoon update on this site).
         Hambright is a liar and that’s why Stedman hired him!

     

    WHERE’S THE MONEY? – 2

        

         I wrote about this on February 7th (click here and there is a link to the full appeal by the DA). What is the DA trying to hide? Where is the money and where is it going?
    Please check back later today.    

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * WHO’S IN BED…

    Posted on February 11th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

    LNP: WE DON’T
    HOLD JUDGES ACCOUNTABLE!

         I am going to switch up this afternoon because it just amazes me how awful LNP is in every single regard! Agreed, they absolutely should not “pretend” that a reporter was present, but if you pay for LNP and read the above article you will see that they say a version of “according to the district attorney’s office” ten times (click here)! And it is taken directly from DA spokesperson Brett Hambright’s press release (click here).

    Ashworth

         The comments section under the LNP story was closed very shortly after the story went up – probably because of the outrage over the light sentences. But LNP does not name the elected judges that gave the light sentences even though Hambright does!

         It was Judge David Ashworth who gave the mother, Susie L. Rehm, one to two years in prison followed by four years of probation and it was Judge Jeffrey Wright who gave the father, Geoffrey Bussard, the sentence of five years probation.

    Wright

         These judges are elected! The public needs to know what they are doing! And besides not even stating who the judges were, LNP would never think to question the judges about the light sentences. No, LNP never questions judges or the DA or the police!

         LNP is so incredibly awful and they are seeking summer interns they will teach that a huge conflict of interest is okay and doesn’t violate journalism ethics and that they never question judges, the DA or the police and they rely on the slanted DA spokesperson for all their court related news! They are simply awful.
    *
    [Editor’s note: Hambright does not mention the defense attorney’s involved, because of course, he is writing for the prosecution. But again, this is something the public should know and LNP should at the very least look them up. According to their dockets, Rehm had public defender Daniel Martin Straszynski and Bussard had private attorney Michael E. McHale.]

     

    ABSOLUTE FICTION!

        Posted on Lancaster Online under the article, “Convention center exceeding goals for economic impact, study says,” (click here).

    *     Do look at the responses in the graph from the HVS report below. They only had 44 responses and they don’t tell us whether they are from restaurants, retail stores, art galleries, parking garages or gas stations! And only 9% say it is “essential” and those are probably high-end restaurants that most citizens can’t afford. Otherwise, the responses are dismal for the convention center/Marriott Hotel. What a sad joke!

    WITH SCOTT MARTIN?

           Three glowing articles on LNP’s Marriott Hotel/convention center on Lancaster Online and in print yesterday.
     
          Under a plan brokerd by Scott Martin — then a county commissioner, now a state senator — the county guaranteed the convention center’s construction debt. In return, Wells Fargo lowered the risk premium to a manageable rate. The county’s guarantee remains in effect for the life of the bonds.
    From the LNP article above, “Collaboration agreement, economy help keep convention center on solid financial footing,” (click here).
         Yes, and LNP has certainly thanked Scott Martin many, many times over with their coverage or lack thereof! This is why every code of journalism ethics in this country states that LNP’s arrangement/ownership is unacceptable and unethical. And it obviously is and they lie to the public!
    Please check back later today.
  • *** – ** – * BREAKING EVERY CODE OF JOURNALISM ETHICS!

    Posted on February 10th, 2019 Becky 9 comments

    ***   This isn’t good – another graph from the HVS report:

    WHO IS MAKING MONEY?

    — LNP! —

    **     What business are making money off conventions: hotels and restaurants (the first graph below from the HVS report).
          Which hotel is making money off conventions: the Marriott Hotel that pays no taxes and was built and is being expanded with your money and is owned by LNP and High Industries (the second graph below).

    A CORRUPT MAN!

     

    *    Robert (Bob) Krasne, the Chairman of the Board of LNP, had the unmitigated gall to retweet the above. You are a liar and a disgrace to the public and journalism, Krasne! An absolutely disgusting liar!

     

    BLATANT PROPAGANDA!

          This email in this morning (thank you!):
          It’s been a while since the propaganda arm of Penn Square Partners and the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority… Lancaster Newspapers has been in full swing but they have returned with a vengeance this morning.  Not 1 or 2 but 3 self-serving articles short on any facts, other than those in a report bought and paid for from the same firm that played the same role to get it going in the first place with nonsense reports.
         Notice there were no financial details provided by the LCCCA but I’m sure we can rely on the positive statements of Kevin Molloy.  Can you believe that he even has a job, let alone a 6-figure one?  He was run out of town at the site of his last job and his current job holds virtually no authority as the LCCCA gave away all power to Interstate in the one sided agreements they entered into with our partner PSP.  Paying any taxes at that new Marriott expansion?  I have a story idea for you… a full scale study of every dollar spent at the Marriott, convention center and soon to be (Brunswick) Holiday Inn that came from public coffers.

  • *** – ** – * HERE IT COMES!

    Posted on February 9th, 2019 Becky 2 comments

    ***  You can read the full Consent Decree on the EPA’s website – click here.

    THE HAMMER CAME DOWN!

    **  There was the below exchange in the comments section on this site recently (click here). The hammer just came down!
    *******

    *     On April 18, 2018 I wrote the below on this site (click here for the original). Everyone, including LNP, just ignored what Mayor Gray said! Now former mayor Art Morris is stating the cost will be $100 million to $200 million! How will the city pay for this? (The link to the LNP article in the screenshot below is here.)

    *******

    MORRIS: OVER $100 MILLION!

         From today’s front page print edition article and online titled, “Green projects key in Lancaster’s ‘huge task’ of meeting EPA stormwater mandates,” (click here). 

         Finally, almost a year after signing the consent decree with the EPA, the city is addressing the cost. How are they going to pay for this?
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * AND DA STEDMAN…

    Posted on February 8th, 2019 Becky 4 comments

    — This will be continued tomorrow. —

    **    Where is Stedman’s “compassion” in this case (click here)?  One million dollars cash bail.
           This is racism plain and simple. Hey, LNP editors, ask your new reporter Hurubie Meko if this is racism!

    COMPASSION?

    *     And then the LNP editorial board flat-out lied to the public about it in the disgusting editorial below (click here). They knew damn well that G. Scott Davis is Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law and that’s why he received unbelievably preferential treatment. 
         They flat-out lied! Run these liars out of town!

    *******

    WANTS TO BE A JUDGE?

         Floyd remains in jail and is currently scheduled to go on trial on March 18, 2019.
    Please check back later today.

  • * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** WHAT ARE THE….

    Posted on February 7th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

     Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    WHERE’S THE MONEY?

    *    If you pull up Assistant District Attorney Janie A. Swinehart in the Prothonotary’s Office you will see page after page of Petitions for Forfeiture (see below). And this is just one ADA!

     

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    DA APPEALS WALKER/LNP

         Yesterday, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office filed an appeal in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas against LNP reporter Carter Walker and LNP appealing an Office of Open Records determination that the items involved in civil forfeiture are public information.
         The initial page of the appeal is below along with the beginning of the “Procedural History” (click here to read the entire appeal).

    *******

    REPUBLICANS GOING TO DO?

             

    Republican District Attorney candidates from left to right: Heather Adams, Karen Mansfield and Mark Fetterman.

         What a mess! Are any of these candidates qualified to be District Attorney?
    Please check back later today.

  • EXPLICIT MATERIAL! – 2 – *** BREAKING NEWS*** – * WHERE IS THE VIDEO?

    Posted on February 6th, 2019 Becky 20 comments

    WHAT ABOUT LARSEN?

         The below is part of a post from this site on March 11, 2017 (click here for the original and read the comments under the post).
         So what has been going on in District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office and why isn’t Larsen running to be DA? How can Stedman even be considered for a judgeship?
         There will be much more tomorrow on this incredible mess.

    *******

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    OH, THERE’S A LOT  MORE!

    (Click here)

    *    Amber Strazzo just emailed me that the video is up (click here). Thank you.

    INCOMPETENCE
    IN CITY HALL!

          This email was received yesterday afternoon in response to my email regarding the live-stream of Monday’s City Council Committee Meeting. The video is still not up! Where is it?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER!

    Posted on February 5th, 2019 Becky 10 comments

    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 4

    & LNP IS SILENT!

    Murse

         Let me get this straight: District Attorney Craig Stedman, who is running to be a Lancaster County Judge in November’s election, suspended his Assistant District Attorney, Mark Fetterman, who is a candidate to replace Stedman as District Attorney, last Wednesday and LNP does not have a word about it?
         There is absolute chaos in the District Attorney’s office and the Board of Commissioners had to step in to reconcile the situation and LNP remains silent?
          Resign, LNP and Caucus Editor Tom Murse, and go back to journalism school and grow a conscience while there!
         There will be more tomorrow.

     

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    FETTERMAN CONFIRMED!

           

                         DA Craig Stedman             ADA Mark Fetterman

         The below email was just received along with the simple word document that was attached below it.

    TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT?

    Posted on the “City of Lancaster, PA Government” Facebook page last night at 6:15 pm.

         The live-stream of last night’s city council committee meeting is still not available. This is ridiculous! You need to get your act together, City of Lancaster!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * 2-4-19 UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** FETTERMAN SUSPENDED

    Posted on February 3rd, 2019 Becky 7 comments

    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 3

         This is what is known at this point: According to multiple sources, Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman, who is running for District Attorney, was suspended on Wednesday after an altercation with District Attorney Craig Stedman. The length of his suspension and whether it is paid or unpaid is not known.
         Christina Housner, Solicitor for the County of Lancaster, said by phone this afternoon that she cannot comment on personnel matters. She did state that if the County Commissioners issue a statement she will let me know.
         There will be more tomorrow on this developing and critically important story.
         In other news, there is a Lancaster City Council Committee meeting tonight at 6:00 pm and it will be live-streamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here) and the agenda for tonight’s meeting is here.    

    *******

    **   I have located a photograph of Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman.

    *    Assistant District Attorney and candidate to be DA, Karen Mansfield’s ex-husband’s Court Summary is below (click here for it on the PA Courts website). Again, I cannot find records of when they married and divorced.

    *******

    2-4-19 UPDATE

    UPDATE 2-4-19 – What are the Republicans going to do about this mess? A candidate for District Attorney has been suspended by the current District Attorney! Can this really be happening? Who vetted these candidates? Lancaster County deserves better than this!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    STEDMAN
    SUSPENDS FETTERMAN

         LIP News has received confirmation that Assistant District Attorney and candidate to be District Attorney, Mark Fetterman, was suspended from his job on Wednesday of this week by DA Craig Stedman.
         What an unbelievable mess and disgrace! Please stay tuned for this developing story.

  • THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES…

    Posted on February 2nd, 2019 Becky 21 comments

    FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY

           

    Heather L. Adams (left) and Karen L. Mansfield (see the Editor’s note below regarding Fetterman)

         The three Republican candidates for District Attorney are: Heather L. Adams, Karen L. Mansfield and Mark D. Fetterman.  Mansfield and Fetterman are currently Assistant District Attorneys with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. Adams is a defense attorney with the law firm of Pyfer, Reese, Straub, Gray & Farhat, PC in Lancaster.
          Mansfield is the only one I found who has a Facebook page for her candidacy. Her biography on that page is here. Adams’ biography from the law firm’s website is here. Fetterman’s biography on LinkedIn is here.

    [Editor’s note: I could not find a photograph of Fetterman! If anyone has one or knows where one is available please let me know!]

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * DOES THIS EXPLAIN THE RACISM AT LNP?

    Posted on February 1st, 2019 Becky 10 comments

    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE?

         I am doing some research this afternoon (see the comments under this post). As I mentioned previously, I have received several emails and phone calls from different individuals concerning the two assistant district attorneys running to be district attorney – Mark Fetterman and Karen Mansfield.
         Most recently I received an anonymous letter in the mail that stated Stedman is backing Mansfield to replace him and the writer defended Fetterman against disturbing events in his past and blasted Mansfield.
         I can’t post any of the specifics without verification and I am working on that. My question is: Have these two candidates been thoroughly vetted or are the Republicans putting up highly questionable candidates?
         Does Lancaster County really want another Mark Reese? What the hell is going on and where is LNP?

     

    LNP: DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE!

    From the LNP editorial on Martin Luther King Day, “A day for honoring MLK’s legacy [opinion],” (click here).

    *    That is certainly a strongly worded editorial! The sad irony and absolute hypocrisy: LNP is directly responsible for the flagrant racism, prejudice, racial injustices and the economic imbalances that exist in Lancaster County.

    STUMPING FOR TRUMP!

    Former LNP reporter Tom Knapp on his “public” Facebook page.

         Well, that explains a lot!
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE 1-31-19 – UPDATE * TEMPERATURE GOING DOWN!

    Posted on January 30th, 2019 Becky 1 comment

    UPDATE 1-31-19 – Taking care of some business today. LIP News will be back tomorrow. 

       Oh, my heavens, LNP! Today was not the day to post this!  What were you thinking? Brrrr….

    DO THEY DESERVE PRAISE?

    *   To be fair, I am posting this comment posted  by Kevin M. Ressler on his Facebook page about LanCity Connect. Ressler ran for mayor in the last election and is the executive director of Meals on Wheels in Lancaster.  I have some thoughts below his comment. 

         Thoughts:

    —  They only have about 300 customers for $5 million dollars so they are able to give this type of customer service.

    —  They know who you are so were very anxious to please.

    —  With the very small number of customers, I’m surprised your internet went out at all.  I thought they advertised 99% uptime? How long was it out and why?

    STAY SAFE & WARM!

        Having my coffee and trying to warm up this morning! LIP news will be back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LNP UNDER MURSE!

    Posted on January 29th, 2019 Becky 13 comments

    DISCUSS WHAT?
    HOW STUPID THESE ARE?

      

         LNP Managing Editor Tom Murse must have completely lost his mind if he thinks people will buy a subscription for this crap! How many times are you going to talk about pot pie? What do you want people to “discuss?” OMG, this is pure crap!!!

    THE STAFF
    REWROTE HAMBRIGHT!

          

          Fox-43 at least got a picture. LNP didn’t send anyone to Debra Slaymaker-Walker’s preliminary hearing yesterday. Their entire front page article is taken from DA spokesman Brett Hambright’s press release (click here).