Posted on June 1st, 2016 9 comments
NEWS ALERT FOR LNP!
To the editors and reporters at LNP: News Alert – there are 161 or 169 cameras (I don’t know if the eight new ones have been installed and if the map has been updated to include them) located throughout the City of Lancaster. The map above is available in a much larger size on the Lancaster Safety Coalition website (click here).
The Steinmans, the owners of your newspaper, paid for much of the initial installation of these cameras and the Steinman Foundation continues to be a donor. So, in the words of Mayor Gray: Quite frankly, I would think you would be aware of the existence of these “safety” cameras!
Further, the City of Lancaster and the District Attorney’s office (DA Craig Stedman is a member of the board) each pay the coalition a hefty annual sum for the operation of these cameras. That’s right: taxpayer’s money!
These cameras have been in existence for over six years. And, in fact, on May 17th of this year LNP police reporters Ryan Robinson and Jennifer Todd quoted this by Wes Farmer, the executive director of the “Safety Coalition,” in an article (click here):
“All cameras in the city are working,” Farmer said Tuesday.
So, when a crime occurs very close to where one of these cameras are located, could you ask the police why the video has not been released to the public? Do you think as reporters and journalists you could do your jobs and do that?
The Board has changed slightly from when I last reported on it but the new list is reprinted below directly from the “Safety Coalition” site and I will contact every member of the Board by the end of this week (click here):
The Lancaster Safety Coalition is honored to have on its Board some of Lancaster’s most respected citizens.
Don Geiter, Board Chair, Executive Committee – Barley Snyder LLC
Bill Stadden, Board Vice-Chair, Executive Committee – Lancaster General Health
Clint Rider, Board Treasurer, Executive Committee – RKL
Doug Groff, Board Secretary, Executive Committee- CCS Building Group
Jennifer Ponessa-Hundley – Lancaster District Attorney’s Office
Pat Brogan – Chief of Staff, Mayoral Designee
Gene Duncan – Thaddeus Stevens College
Wm. Smokey Glover – Fulton Bank
Kyle Kaschak – Northwestern Mutual
Kathia Maldonado – Lancaster City Housing Authority
Justin Oberholtzer – Keller Williams of Central PA East
Cpt. Charles Schmidt – Lancaster Bureau of Police
Bob Shoemaker – Lancaster City Alliance
Sean Smith – Ross Buehler Falk & Co.
Miriam Soto – Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership
Craig Stedman – Lancaster District Attorney’s Office
Jim Wagner – Fulton Bank
* The below is from a just issued police press release on the shooting (click here). Hey, police, he’s 18, he was shot in the neck, shoulder and elbow. Could you give him 24 hours and a chance to see his family before you state he is “not cooperative?” Do your damn jobs and release the video!
On May 31, 2016 at 7:22 PM, Lancaster City Police officers responded to the 500 block of Juniata St. for a report of a fight in progress with possible shots fired. Upon arrival officers did not observe any active fight in the area and began speaking with possible witnesses. Officers searched the area and located evidence consistent with gunshots being fired.
At 7:35 PM, Lancaster County Wide Communications informed officers that an 18-year-old male had arrived at a local hospital via private vehicle with gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder, and elbow. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Officers and detectives responded to the hospital to speak with the victim, who was not cooperative with investigators. It is unknown if the victim had been involved in the initial reported fight.
Anyone with information is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.
THERE’S A CAMERA THERE!
Multiple people called 911 around 7:20 p.m. to report a fight and shots fired near Juniata and South Ann streets, near Hand Middle School.
Bearinger [City police Lt. Clark Bearinger] said it was unclear if the victim was involved in the fight or just happened to be in the area. He said the victim apparently walked a short distance after being shot, and got into a vehicle.
From the LNP story by police reporter Jennifer Todd, “18-year-old man shot multiple times in Lancaster,” (click here).
— There is a Lancaster “Safety Coalition” camera at the intersection of Juniata and South Ann Streets (see the insert from their camera map above).
— It was still light out at 7:20 pm.
— Multiple people called the police so what did they see? Where are the descriptions?
Arrest the shooter today or release images of the fight and shooting to the public today!
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 30th, 2016 10 comments
LNP HAS NO DIVERSITY!Diversity, by its very nature should create a deeper understanding, a softer kindness, an abiding respect, an expanse of opportunity and a recommitment to all that is just.LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda in her Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast speech from 2015 printed below.Yes, that and much more about diversity is true. The blatantly obvious problem with it is: LNP has no diversity!And Roda is directly responsible for that and she needs to apologize to everyone who was at the breakfast and all the residents of Lancaster County – and most especially to her own daughter.I’ve said more times than I can count that racism in Lancaster County – in the police force, in the courts, in the DA’s office, in housing and job opportunities – everywhere – begins at the Lancaster Newspapers. And it does.And it must change!*********************
* “We recognize the PFA process is emotionally charged and results in about 200 violations a year,” Stedman said. “We want to reduce that number.
“The goal here is education and prevention.”
From the District Attorney’s press release this morning, “Lancaster County Officials Aim to Educate 1,000 Individuals Served Each Year with PFA Orders,” (click here).
Maybe a good place to start would be not to reward and ignore the behavior – such as the fact that Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler is accused by his ex-wife in a book that he beat her for years!
How about starting there?
PULLS OUT AN
ASIAN AMERICAN DAUGHTER!
Two years ago, LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda pulled an Asian American daughter out of her back pocket and gave a speech at the Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast. So, what has she done in her over 30 years at LNP and what has she done since this speech? She said – over the waffles and eggs – (click here):
Good morning. As we were putting the finishing touches on what you are experiencing today, I was out for breakfast just last week with my daughter at a local restaurant and as we enjoyed our conversation, not to mention the waffles and eggs that went with it, I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation that was commencing at the table just a couple feet away from me.
It was a group of men, ah, enjoying coffee. They were in some kind of a study group and I was especially interested when one of the men extolled the virtues of a country, our America, born of a melting pot that he described as a national strength.
But then he shook his head – diversity he said, is a weakness because we don’t have a common set of values anymore.
I turned back to my child; beautiful, smart, fiercely loyal to family and friends – a young girl with very, very big dreams. And just as I sat there and looked at her – an Asian American – I now look out on this richly diverse breakfast gathering of more than 600 people from throughout our Lancaster County community.
We are our community. We are young. We are older and somewhere in between. We are men and women. We have very big bank accounts and we worry whether our pennies will take us to the next paycheck.
We are black. We are white and we are Latino. We claim different political affiliations and we are of myriad faiths. We tend to livestock in our farms and we build houses and we run newsrooms. Some of us desperately need a job. Others of us are business owners.
We’ve dropped out of school. We attend school. We believe we live in a just world. We believe that justice discriminates and yet we have made our way to this place, at this hour, on this day to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., because his words and his vision, as we emphasized today in our editorial, still speak to us. We are here because we support the mission of Crispus Attucks. And we are here because we care deeply about our community.
We know we are flawed. Sometimes more flawed than we would like to admit. But we still believe that it is only together that we can make life here better for everyone in our community.
So, as you might have surmised, I don’t agree one bit with the man who was sitting at the breakfast table last week just a few feet away from me and my daughter.
Diversity, by its very nature should create a deeper understanding, a softer kindness, an abiding respect, an expanse of opportunity and a recommitment to all that is just.
This morning really is a call to action. What we say and what we do here matters a lot. But the challenge begins when this breakfast is over. It begins when we take the words that we sang, the exchanges that we have, what we hear and what we listened to today and we take them with us out into the world and put them to use in a meaningful way. This afternoon, tomorrow, the next day and all the days that follow.
Posted on May 30th, 2016 11 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
The Lancaster City Police Department is being accused of racism by a Philadelphia Police Officer and his family and relatives. This occurred at Longs Park yesterday at a graduation celebration/picnic in the park. The police officer is a 30 year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Force – Sterling Stanton – pictured on the left showing police his badge.
Posted on May 29th, 2016 12 comments
* LNP: The bottom half of your website is missing!
THIS HAPPENED TO ME!
WGAL-TV (click here).
My computer updated to Windows 10 Friday night with no warning and no way to stop it. Yikes! I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I can’t find the photo editing program! Has anyone gone back to 7 as WGAL says you can?
LNP is having their own computer troubles this morning! The bottom half of their website is missing so I can’t go to e-editions! Sigh! I know it’s a holiday weekend but could someone fix it?
And reporter Dan Nephin has trouble with a “tricky” name! Yes, those tricky names will get you every time!
Posted on May 27th, 2016 No comments
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
Selling popsicles in Penn Square!
Have a great and safe Memorial Day weekend! LIP News will resume daily publishing on Tuesday, May 31.
Posted on May 27th, 2016 No comments
* What happens in Lancaster when the long time incompetent city Captain of Detectives, Kent Switzer, retires (click here)? Why he immediately becomes the county’s chief detective under DA Craig Stedman!
Yes, there are all those unsolved murders and crimes in the city under Switzer and now he has moved on to the county so there will be more unsolved murders and crimes!
Isn’t it great how Lancaster County rewards incompetence?
LIVE A LITTLE!
Former prosecutor and now defense attorney Randall Miller buys a freeze pop from the man he previously prosecuted yesterday afternoon. Ain’t life grand?
Yes, Jerry of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page has a stand in Penn Square selling water and popsicles! Pay him a visit and he can tell you a tale!
Posted on May 26th, 2016 10 comments
* I am taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will publish briefly tomorrow morning and then go on holiday break until Tuesday, May 31 when daily publishing will resume.
LNP took the Telemundo reference out of their print edition of the paper (see yesterday’s post). The online version:
The print version:
The racism at the Lancaster Newspapers is simply astounding!
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 25th, 2016 12 comments
“She will be able to do what she wants all day with no demands made on her,” said Mrs. Stewart, speaking before a gaggle of some 40 media organizations including Telemundo, the Spanish-language television network.
LNP sent investigative reporter Susan Baldrige to Kennett Square today to cover Lily, the horse, of course (click here)!
Why wouldn’t Telemundo be there? Why? What is wrong with these people? This must be her first time out of the literal ivory tower that is LNP since she pan-handled on the square!
******************** And here’s Steve Markle again! Using a different computer and a proxy site (one of his favorites!).
* Look! Here’s Steve Markle now! Because I get so many visitors from Norway using the “onion” or “tor” route!
This story was updated at 4:20 p.m. May 24 to add that that Hogan said he had a passing average in calculus before missing two tests because of illness.
Added to the LNP story yesterday, “Hempfield High students to school: #LetBenWalk,” (click here).
Ridiculous! Simply ridiculous.
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 24th, 2016 7 comments
THEY ALREADY KNOW!
Steve and Cheryl Markle: You don’t have to pass anything along to the “proper department.” You see, they read this site so they already know. And Jerry is a friend of mine and he posted the pictures and much more on his “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page so he is obviously not doing anything “wrong!” (Note – several Lancaster City Police Officers “like” his page!)
I rarely use the kind of language I did this morning to describe these two. You know, take the high road and follow the normal troll advice – don’t feed them because they love attention. But it’s been four years and over 1,500 unpublished, profanity laced and racists comments that are strictly meant to harass and cause emotional distress.
And I stated a few months ago that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office told me to send them certified “Cease and Desist” letters. And I decided I’m not going to spend a single penny of my money on these pathetic losers who have been doing this for years with multiple victims. No, over 1,500 comments are enough. So there will be updates at a later time.
DON’T SIGN IN!
The other day I noted on this site that LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda had blocked me from reading her tweets. The differences are:
— I have not contacted Roda ever in a “personal way.” Not a phone call or an email. I simply read her twitter account.
— She, and all LNP reporters are “required” to have social media accounts. From their current advertisement for an investigative reporter there is this (click here):
Will have a strong social-media presence, which includes not just posting content, but engaging regularly with our audience on social media
— So, of course I read their twitter feeds and Facebook pages. And they should expect that to happen! I would be remiss in my purpose if I didn’t!
— When I said in the comments that this shows that Roda has no knowledge of social media it is because I almost never sign into my twitter account. So I can read her twitter feed just fine! If she did it so my feelings would be “hurt,” believe me, it didn’t work! 🙂
In other news, according to both the internet lookup and the prison automated phone system, Wilberto Melendez is no longer in the Lancaster County Prison. Someone wised up and realized they better release him!
Tomorrow it’s back to more serious news and this very timely prison story – “Lancaster County Prison warden admits inmate released 17 months late; changes underway,” (click here).
** A sampling of comments under the “LetBenWalk” story on LNP’s Facebook page:
* Speaking of social media, I knew the “LetBenWalk” story was coming because LNP reporter Heather Stauffer was desperate last week to contact him (click here). Is it a front page story? NO!
& INTERNET TRASH!
I have a Facebook warning this morning. I received a friend request last evening from a woman who is already my friend. I assumed something had happened with her account and immediately accepted. “She” messaged me right away and said she had good news. It then turned into a ridiculous money scam with bad grammar and a $45,000 “grant” that made no sense.
I quickly checked my friend’s list and there were two of her; one real and one with just her pictures and her name that I was corresponding with. I told the fake one I was contacting the authorities and messaged the real one who said this has happened to her before.
This was a childish attempt – again with bad grammar and a story that didn’t make sense – but it was frightening. If they had been more sophisticated and told me they were in trouble and needed money or something like that…
Anyway, I was unaware this was going on. Please be careful out there and if you receive a friend request from someone who is already your friend – proceed with caution.
Speaking of stalkers and internet trolls and trash, I received this message from Steve and Cheryl Markle yesterday – one of four comments they sent into this site – and I have a few things to tell this convicted stalker and these absolutely worthless pieces of sh*t.
See the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab immediately above and please check back later today.
Posted on May 23rd, 2016 11 comments
This has been added at the end of LNP’s story on Melendez’s acquittal, apparently by LNP reporter Jonas Fortune in the last two hours (click here):
Melendez remained in custody after his acquittal Friday on a parole detainer.
He is not guilty of a parole violation due to the acquittal, but still needs the parole detainer lifted by a judge before he is released. That is expected early this week.
I don’t know what that even means – but someone better release this man before the county gets a major lawsuit.
SOMEONE HAS TO KNOW!
I left messages today for Wilberto Melendez’s attorney Jack McMahon (click here), one with the Lancaster County Prison administration and called Judge Donald Totaro’s chambers to find out why he is still in jail. Judge Totaro was not available according to the woman who answered the phone and when told my question she suggested I call Melendez’s attorney, which I had already done.
Someone has to know why this man is still in jail after being acquitted of homicide by a jury Friday afternoon! I will stay on this!
**** Detectives on the scene of this morning’s stabbing. There are unconfirmed reports that there is a body in the house.
*** BREAKING NEWS *** CNN, “Supreme Court sides with death row inmate in racial discrimination case,” (click here).
** Homicide detectives just put yellow tape around the rear of 26-1/2 S. Prince Street.
*** BREAKING NEWS *** A stabbing has been reported at 26 S. Prince Street in Lancaster.
DO THEY REALLY?
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 22nd, 2016 12 comments
WE’LL BE BACK!
** I looked through all of Melendez’s dockets and I don’t know why he is still in jail! Justice in Lancaster County – ain’t it grand? I will make calls tomorrow.
I will also come back to Roda tomorrow because this woman is a flat-out liar and an utter disgrace to the citizens of Lancaster County.
My friend, Milli Dixon, (her son was also acquitted of attempted homicide against a police officer) posted the above photo on her Facebook page the other day. This was three years ago and we stood in front of the LNP offices and held a sign that read, “Racism begins at the Lancaster Newspapers.”
Nothing has changed! I still have the sign! We’ll be back, LNP! We’ll be back!
MELENDEZ IN JAIL
* According to both the internet lookup and the prison inmate phone system, Wilberto Melendez remains in the Lancaster County Prison after being acquitted by a jury of homicide Friday afternoon. The above screenshot from the prison lookup was taken at 9:00 am this morning.
The online lookup states he was committed by now retired Columbia District Judge Robert A. Herman, Jr. on February 1, 2015. I am reviewing all of Melendez’s court cases now trying to find out why he is still in prison.
STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!I guess I should feel honored! What a pathetic and desperate move by the Executive Editor of LNP!Please check back later today.
Posted on May 21st, 2016 4 comments
* LNP is running stories about Lily, the “paint ball” pony, huge on their website. Meanwhile, there is this about today’s Preakness: “Horses Pramedya and Homeboykris die at early Preakness Day races,” (click here).
CHANGES IN AN INSTANT!
It doesn’t get any bigger than an acquittal in a first degree murder trial. It doesn’t get any bigger than that!
Unfortunately, the public doesn’t have a clue what happened thanks to LNP’s terrible, awful reporting.
Posted on May 20th, 2016 No comments
THE DAY MY RANT DIED!I was inspired earlier this week to write the ultimate treatise on the state of journalism today. I was going to go on an all out rant and cover 40 years and include love, old boyfriends, politics, the courts, motherhood, recipes and more.And then I asked myself: “Who wants to read that crap?” So, I didn’t!This is just a reminder to all those aspiring “journalists” out there who post really stupid things on the internet that they one day will surely come to regret…Have a great and safe Friday and please check back tomorrow.*****************
** “I hate newspapers. It’s true.”
LNP’s new crime and courts reporter Jonas Fortune writing on his blog, “The day newspaper journalism died to me,” (click here).
LOL! That is classic. Oh, and it shows, Jonas! Trust me, it shows!
* I was copied in on a Letter to the Editor of LNP by a Lancaster Attorney. They prefaced the letter as follows in their email to me:
For LNP to go to the trouble to contact the DA’s office for statistics, find out there are none, yet still print the increase as fact is incredible. I sent this letter to the editor:
Thank you very much. That would be regarding this article on this site, “NO STATISTICS!” by LNP reporter Tom Knapp (click here). I am still waiting to see your letter in print…
From the article:
Robert Ashmore Peters IV was sentenced Thursday to 15 to 40 years in state prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder and related charges before Judge David L. Ashworth
… Peters also brought a stolen, .45-caliber handgun, and after an argument between the men turned physical, Anderson said, Peters shot Vassallo four times at close range and fled the scene. When he crashed his car during a police chase, Anderson added, Peters threw the gun from the car.
Besides third-degree murder, Peters pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license.
I guess that’s the kind of sentence you receive when you have a “IV” after your name.
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 19th, 2016 11 comments
RIDICULOUSLY BAD!(Click here)I thought LNP had editors? Okay, so Fortune used to be a sports writer and hasn’t written in a couple of years – but this is still ridiculously bad!So the bullets didn’t match? Is the defense going to try to blame the owner of this gun? Do they have the gun that allegedly fired the shot that killed the victim? If they don’t match then why did the prosecution bring it up?Is there a jury or is this being tried in front of Judge Totaro only?This is truly awful and you would think someone at LNP would step in and make his articles make sense! Does LNP care about their readers at all?
TWO DAYS LATE –
A SLOPPY MESS!(Click here)I guess we know why new LNP reporter Jonas Fortune’s trial story disappeared yesterday (see the post immediately below). The headline said Wednesday was the first day of the trial when in fact it was the third day of the trial!And so we have today’s dreadful mess that has no context and makes no sense. Is there a jury or is it a trial before Judge Donald Totaro? Basic questions are not answered!But there is this:During morning intermission someone attending the trial was removed from the courthouse after allegedly throwing coffee at a prosecution witness following her testimony. Later in the evening, Judge Donald Totaro dismissed another member from the gallery for speaking to Melendez during the trial.Wow! There’s a lot going on. And Totaro dismissed someone “later in the evening?” Trials end at or before 5:00 pm.What a sloppy, disjointed mess!Please check back later today.
Posted on May 18th, 2016 4 comments
CHANGED TO HARASSMENT
** Remember this story by LNP police reporter Jennifer Todd that was missing basic information (click here)? Something sounded terribly off to me about the whole thing and I wrote about it, “LOCK HIM AWAY FOR YEARS?” (click here).
Something was not as it seems because Miguel Pagan’s case was adjudicated at the District Justice level on May 4th and he was sentenced to one year on probation and $650 in fines and costs. You read that correctly.
Why doesn’t LNP look into any of these police cases, especially when someone types this on their website under the story:
It happen in front of my house an wen i say he was to drugged up to fight he was an the police assaulted him without him having to anything his only charge should b dui
Maybe this poster was correct. There will be more tomorrow.
* This article was on Lancaster Online’s home page briefly yesterday and was in this morning’s print edition. It has now disappeared online. It is by LNP’s new crime and court reporter Jonas Fortune. Where has Fortune gone?
DO AS I SAY?
Someday, LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda is going to have to explain to her “Asian-American” daughter why she worked for and leads a racist company and why she lied to the public for years.
I wonder how that’s going to go?
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 17th, 2016 11 comments
STUCK IN MY CRAW!There is something that has been stuck in my craw and festering for far too long – so why not finally get it out of there and it also has to do with the cameras and the state of journalism in Lancaster, too!It, of course, goes back to the Knappster and one of his Facebook attacks against (gasp!) me – but it more involves LNP Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy who felt compelled to chime in.I am reprinting the post in it’s entirety below, but Cassidy posted this:Hang in there, Tom — and try to be amused by the fact that she thinks she’s competition for us.Now, I blasted Cassidy at the time but I don’t think I did it well enough! I have never tried to be “competition” for LNP – that’s absurd – but I have been trying to tell people the truth, which LNP and Cassidy do not do.When it takes a woman living in Philadelphia to tell people there are 161 cameras around Lancaster that are not being used – or at least the way the public was told they would be used – then you, Cassidy, should hang your head in utter shame and disgrace – and resign. Period!There will be more tomorrow and why LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda should apologize to the public and also resign.************* (Click here for the original.) **************
** As mentioned here in the comments yesterday and on WGAL-TV, there was a stabbing and robbery at McDonalds on Saturday. From today’s police log – it reads May 18 but I think the police are a little ahead of themselves! – (click here):
1507 hrs., 5/14/16, officers responded to a report of a robbery and stabbing at McDonald’s at 210 W. King. Upon arrival, officers located victim with a small laceration on his thumb. Victim said that while he was in the bathroom, an unknown male suspect attempted to stab him in the leg, pushed him to the floor, and then stole cash from him. Suspect fled on foot via rear door of McDonalds. Suspect described as a black male, 40’s, appx 6′ tall, medium build, wearing a red shirt, red hat, and having a gap between his front teeth.
McDonalds has cameras and there are Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras! So where is the video of this “unknown male?” If the police put them out to the public, they might find out who he is and arrest him before he assaults and robs someone else! Isn’t that what the police are supposed to do?
* LNP has finally been “forced” to catch on to the obvious – after over six years – from today’s article, “Lancaster man beaten to death is identified; 22-year-old sought in homicide,” there is this (click here):
Safety coalition cameras are located at many intersections in the neighborhood where Saturday’s beating occurred.
A map on the Lancaster Safety Coalition’s website shows a camera at Manor’s intersection with Old Dorwart and New Dorwart streets, just a short distance from where the crime occurred on a front porch and sidewalk. Police have not reported if the incident was caught by the camera.
Finally! Yes, there are cameras throughout the city! So why are there so many unsolved murders and crimes? Why?
A LION’S DEN?
LNP’s former dog and cat reporter and now listed as their breaking news reporter, Tom Knapp, posting on his Facebook page.
Spare me! The Hamilton Club? The Lions Club? The Knappster?
I have some things to say about the state of journalism in Lancaster and that will come later today (hint – it’s beyond dreadful)!
Posted on May 16th, 2016 8 comments
LNP FINDS FORTUNE –
BUT NOT DIVERSITY!
Yes, Jonas Fortune (pictured above) walked through LNP’s door today as their crime and court reporter. He is a 2008 graduate of Kent State and worked as a sports reporter for the Akron Journal for several years. In 2011 he moved to Lancaster and most recently was a financial sales consultant for PNC and a freelance writer.
Crime and the courts should certainly keep him busy and I will come back to the unsolved murder of Erma Kaylor tomorrow.
Also starting at LNP today is Meagen Finnerty. Her job description is unknown but she was previously the digital editor for the New Castle News which she left to come to LNP. The city of New Castle is about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and according to the U.S. Census in 2014 was under half the size of Lancaster with a population of 22,575.
And, of course, Lindsey Blest joined LNP as a general assignment reporter after graduating from Lancaster Bible College at the end of last week (see below on this site).
Maybe with the summer interns we will see a hint of color walk through the doors at LNP? This is unbelievable!
* Lindsey Blest, LNP’s new reporter and Lancaster Bible College (LBC) graduate, has this story this morning, “US wants colleges, universities to reconsider inquiries into applicants’ criminal records,” (click here).
She includes LBC in her survey of local colleges and provides a link to their application which includes this in their “Statement of Faith” (click here):
SO DAMN SMART? – 2
Four years ago today, 83-year-old Erma Kaylor was brutally murdered in her home at 235 West Vine Street. Her killer remains on the loose.
From “THE BOILING POINT!” on June 28, 2012 on this site (click here):
I could sit here and make a hundred “jokes” about the intelligence of the two-bit killer of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor.
I could pull out my sharpest sarcasm and talk about what a high I.Q. he must have to totally elude and baffle the many trained, seasoned professionals in the Lancaster City Police Department.
I could marvel at his planning and acumen to commit the seemingly perfect murder.
I could write in wonder at how amazing it is that there are so many killers in Lancaster who are just so damn smart.
I could argue all day whether our city killers are remarkably brilliant or our detectives are stupid and incompetent.
But, in truth at this point, I am so disgusted by the Mayor, the Police Chief and the Lancaster Newspapers that my head is spinning and my anger at such inhumanity is reaching the boiling point.
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 15th, 2016 10 comments
*** On Saturday 14 May 2016, at approximately 1800 hrs., officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded to the 500 block of Manor St, Lancaster, PA for a report of an Assault.
Upon arrival in the area, officers located an unconscious male victim on the sidewalk. The victim’s injuries were consistent with that of an assault. Officers were able to determine that the victim was a 45 year old Lancaster man, who lived nearby.
Investigators learned that the victim had been assaulted by an unknown black male, after a verbal confrontation. Investigators also learned that the suspect fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he is being treated for serious head injuries.
The investigation is being conducted by the Lancaster City Bureau of Police Criminal Investigative Division (CID).
Anyone with information related to this assault is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.
From a Lancaster City Police Department Press Release (click here).
** Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced Lancaster would receive $2,869.66 in state CRIZ revenue.
Mayor Rick Gray called the result “disappointing.”
From the October 20, 2015 LNP article, “Local officials seeking explanation from state for low CRIZ revenues,” (click here).
* The CRIZ effort began after Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray asked Smucker if he was aware of the strides Allentown was making with it’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone program.
Staff members from Smucker’s and Gray’s offices crafted the CRIZ legislation based on that program.
The new CRIZ law was signed by Corbett in July.
Gray on Monday called it a “team effort.”
…”It does not raise taxes. It grows the tax base,” Gray said.
He predicted the CRIZ program will raise property values and help create jobs.
“It’s a win-win all around,” the mayor said.
From the LNP article on January 1, 2014, “CRIZ economic development zone awarded to Lancaster,” (click here).
INSIDE THE CRIZ!
The CRIZ made the front page of this morning’s Sunday News and is an “insider” story online (click here).
There is not one mention of Mayor Gray in this story. Not one!
Mayor Gray bragged at the time that he basically wrote the CRIZ!
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 14th, 2016 7 comments
District Attorney Craig Stedman, coming off two courtroom losses and the Scott Martin scandal, has his media spokesperson and former LNP reporter, Brett Hambright, in overdrive trying to undo some of the damage.
So Hambright wrote this stirring press release, “DA Stedman to Lawmakers: Harsher Penalties for Home-Invaders, Those who Target Elderly,” (click here).
And LNP reporter Tom Knapp rewrote it slightly and apparently even called the DA’s office because there is this (click here):
Although Stedman said his support for the law stems from an increase in violent burglaries in the area, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office said Friday they didn’t have any statistics showing the increase.
Knapp doesn’t identify this “spokesman,” although we can assume it’s Hambright.
But Knapp doesn’t pursue it and LNP runs the article with the headline, “Surge in violent burglaries means harsher penalties are needed, district attorney tells state House committee.”
But has there been a surge in violent burglaries? Shouldn’t the DA’s “spokesman” know or have some statistics to back it up? You would think so but LNP and Knapp don’t care. They put what is apparently a lie in their headline!
The public was not impressed. From the comments under the story on Lancaster Online there are these:
— We do not need more manditory minimums, we need Judges that use the sentence guidlines on the books.
— If Craig Stedman , (and the massive amount of police we have, along with so much surveillance in lancaster county,) Were so valuable to us, why do we see so much crime ? We need a new district attorney. Too much corruption in Lancaster County. Fire him.
And from their Facebook page:
— what a doofus …. a “surge” in burglaries without any statistics to prove it. Maybe, they should just address the heroin problem. I doubt that anyone who is seeking to fund a fix, gives much thought to possibly going to jail.
— More penalties has always been a successful deterrent to…. Nothing, ever.
— Stop giving plea deals and try prosecuting like you’re paid to do!
Take that, LNP, Knapp, DA Stedman and Hambright! Ridiculous and pathetic!
COOL COP STUFF?
The Lancaster City Police announced on their Facebook page that they are getting new cars:
Meanwhile, this was posted on “The Realest People of Lancaster” Facebook page.
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 13th, 2016 3 comments
** Well, new LNP reporter Lindsey Blest can rewrite a press release! And she’s already using very questionable journalism ethics. Did you talk to DA Craig Stedman or did you just take the quotes directly from his press release by Brett Hambright? The answer is obvious and disgusting!
— Blest’s “article,” Lancaster County ranks 3rd in sex-abuse prosecutions in Pennsylvania over past 3 years,” is here.
— The DA’s press release from yesterday, “Lancaster County, 6th-Largest in Pa., has 3rd-Most Sex-Abuse Convictions,” is here.
* We don’t want no ham balls!
ONLY IN LNP!
I am stuffing my face this morning!
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Posted on May 12th, 2016 16 comments
BLEST BE – SHE’S BACK!
** The Zimmerman trial. I don’t even need to explain it because I know you know it.
This case did not need to be about race. It was supposed to be purely judiciary. Obama always has to comment though, as he did throughout the trial and most notably in his speech a few days ago. He had to seize the moment to enhance his celebrity status. (Props to him for giving an emotional speech without using a teleprompter…but still.)
The opening to Lindsey Blest’s piece on her blog, “Commentary-Induced Racism,” (click here for a direct link) and linked to on this site in August of 2013 (click here):
On the day George Zimmerman is back in the news, we learn Blest is back at LNP! And not as a summer intern this time since she just graduated from Lancaster Bible College. LNP is really digging deep to find talent.
Her article today, actually a blatant ad, “4 smorgasbords where you can stuff your face with Lancaster County cooking,” is here.
DREAMS & NIGHTMARES!Mayor Rick Gray said public art is important to a city and a responsibility of government.“I think the more beautiful you make the city, the better people relate to it, the more positive they feel about it and the better they care for it,” Gray said.…“What would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower? Things become iconic. Look at Washington (D.C.,) Look at Philly with the laundry pin. … To make a place beautiful is a part of government,” Gray said.
Mayor Gray quoted in the LNP article by Dan Nephin, “Lancaster city looking to public for input on public art program,” (click here).
Meanwhile, there is this story on the home page of LNP’s website, “Woman woken by shirtless man in her home; 1 of 4 suspicious incidents in city’s northwest,” (click here).
I bet that woman who was woken up by a man in her home asks herself everyday, “What would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower?”
This is insanity!
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 11th, 2016 6 comments
As noted in the comments today, after 20+ years of talk, Mac Rutherford, a former Intell sports reporter, has announced he is actually making a film about Luckees Elbow Room. He authored a book by the same name.
On the “Lancaster Barrooms” Facebook page, Lancaster attorney Chris Patterson has a great line under the post!
Me? I remember nothing! Really!
* PennLive, “Court rejects man’s claim that Lancaster County’s residents are torturing him with mind control,” (click here).
Stanley, please take me off your email list!
At what point does LNP stop being a news organization and is just a huge joke?
Please check back later today.
Posted on May 10th, 2016 6 comments
Remember this (his mugshot is hard to forget)? The big bust for synthetic marijuana at the train station. Dante Allen Gillespie was charged with three felonies in late February of this year for dealing drugs.
And guess what? Mr. Gillespie has been through the entire court process (except probation) and is back free on the streets of Lancaster!
Ain’t life grand?
The LNP article is here.
The District Attorney’s press release on his arrest and charges is here.
* From PennLive, “Chupacabra reported in York County, but there is a likely explanation,” (click here)! Where is LNP reporter Tom Knapp?
NORMAN BRISTOL COLON!
As predicted here in the comments yesterday, LNP has made the Norman Bristol Colon story about possibly running against Mayor Gray an “Insider” story (click here).
Please, please, please run!
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Posted on May 9th, 2016 10 comments
A CLEAR CASE OF
This is posted under the story on Lancaster Online:
AS far as I know if you are guilty of a DUI that caused the death of the passengers in the car you need to be charged with vehicular homicide, being under the influence of heroin makes it even worse. This is a clear case of political favors.
Yes, it is a very clear case of political favors. One of many District Attorney Craig Stedman has done for his political cronies and friends in the last few years with the full knowledge and consent of LNP.
I am doing some research this afternoon. There will be more tomorrow.
*** LNP has put the story up as an “Insider” story. Click here – but you have to give these liars and thieves your personal information if you want to read it!
** From “BRETT HAMBRIGHT IS A LIAR!” on this site (click here). Hambright is now the “spokesperson” for District Attorney Craig Stedman!
* From the counter-lawsuit against Katie West that LNP never told you about (click here for the original on this site).
COVER-UP BY LNP:
RODA IS A LIAR!
From the front page of today’s print LNP. The story is not currently online – I will link to it when it is available.
From this site and a list of items LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda has flat-out lied to the public about (click here):
— Roda intentionally and purposely lied about then Commissioner Scott Martin’s sister, Katie West, and why she wasn’t tried for being high on heroin in a car crash that killed her husband and son. Instead, the DA and LNP tried to blame an immigrant truck driver also involved in the accident. Roda has never told the public that West and her parents are suing the truck driver and his company and that they have countersued West. That case is still in court and I will update it shortly.
Also click here for the January 30, 2015 article on this site: “WHY IS SCOTT MARTIN GRIEVING?”
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Posted on May 8th, 2016 3 comments
* Another look at Proms from PennLive, “Bishop McDevitt student says she was forced to leave prom for wearing a suit,” (click here).
A MOTHER OF A TALE!
Now we know why LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda got her hair done – for todays insightful column in the print edition on why LNP is covering proms (not currently online).
Barbara fails to mention money! LOL! What a hoot!
I’m going out to recapture my youth! Have a great Mother’s Day and please check back tomorrow!