This story, from Tuesday’s city council committee meeting, has never been on the homepage of Lancaster Online or on their Facebook page. Never. It was in their print edition on Friday and I linked to the article on this site – but I had to search their site for the link (again, the link to the LNP article is here). This is deliberate and indefensible, managing editor, Tom Murse! This is clearly information the public needs to know and few people subscribe or read your print edition. All LNP’s talk about being a “watchdog” and a “community newspaper” and “holding officials accountable” is quite simply a lie as LNP sitstheir with their publicly funded, for-profit and off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel. Please read the book “Pressed” by former Commissioner Molly Henderson (click here). From one of the reviews on Amazon there is this: As a resident of Lancaster City and a Convention Center opponent I recommend that every resident of Lancaster County read this book and learn from it. We must never allow a debacle like the Convention Center to ever happen again. The behavior of our elected officials, moguls and the local newspaper is appalling. Thank you Dr. Henderson for the enlightenment. Resign, Murse!
— Have a safe and happy Friday. There will be much more on this coming. —
COLLUSION: LNP & CITY HALL
The headline on page A-4 of today’s LNP print edition and you can click here to read the story online where it is titled, “Consultant agrees: Lancaster city has a structural deficit [report],” (click here). Finally, LNP has a report on Tuesday’s city council committee meeting and the PFM presentation. And, of course, LNP pairs it with an editorial this morning, “Lancaster needs more tax tools and a property tax overhaul from Harrisburg [opinion],” (click here). Why doesn’t LNP pay taxes on their publicly funded, for-profit Marriott Hotel? Please check back later today.
The opinion column claiming that this is a revenue problem, in advance of this announcement, also a coordinated political and public relations ploy. Tax dollars continuing to be wasted in the name of corruption and power. The only thing that matters is that the Criz money, and other public funds continue to get funneled to the private interests that control the City, the Newspaper, and the political parties. Part of a comment into this site today. Exactly. The collusion between LNP and city hall is shocking and unconscionable. There will be more tomorrow.
WHERE’S THE MONEY, MAW?
* The below excellent comment in from huh?. Why don’t you answer these questions, LNP managing editor Tom Murse? Do you really pay close attention to how the people’s business is conducted or did you just put MAW’s money in your own pockets?1-16-19 UPDATE – Sadly, not every county has a newspaper paying close attention to how the people’s business is conducted. From an LNP editorial earlier this week, “Bipartisan effort by Congress could help save some local newspapers [opinion],” (click here). The LNP editorial board, led by Suzanne Cassidy, just lies and lies and lies. When is LNP going to tell the public what the PFM Group found about how the people’s business is conducted? Please check back later today.
* Blah, blah, blah! No, that’s not getting posted either. I bet you don’t have the guts to use your real name.
I’ll come back to the city council meetings tomorrow. — A quick note today – to the person who sent in a long comment about Commissioner Craig Lehman: I know very little about Lehman. You make allegations and call him some nasty names. I’m not going to post it. If you would like to write an article about him with facts and details, I will certainly consider running it. Thank you for writing.
RUNNING OUT OF MONEY!
Lancaster currently has a $3 million dollar deficit that will rise to $6 million by 2025. Lancaster will run out of a cash balance before 2023. Expenditures are running far ahead of revenue growth. Lancaster has a lack of cash and high debt. That is part of what the PFM Group Consulting told city council last night. Please check back later today.
Thank you very much, councilman Xavier Garcia-Molina (pictured left), for responding to my email regarding the livestreaming of city council meetings (see below and click here to see all the city council members). I appreciate your concern and follow-up. Garcia-Molina is a new city council member and was sworn in on January 6th of this year. I sent an email to all the city council members and to city hall regarding the livestream failures. His is the only response I have received so far. Tonight’s two council meetings should be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). There will be more tomorrow.
“LOOKING UNDER THE HOOD“
* City Hall is contracting with Philadelphia-based PFM Group Consulting to conduct a thorough, top-to-bottom review, looking at ways to cut costs, improve efficiency and enhance revenue, director of administrative services Patrick Hopkins and Mayor Danene Sorace told City Council. Its final report and recommendations are expected in late February. Remember this from the October 2019 LNP article, “Lancaster selects PFM Group Consulting to review city finances, operations,” (click here) and from this site (click here). According to tonight’s committee meeting agenda, their report which cost the city $124,975, will be presented to council tonight (see below and click here for the full agenda).
CITY COUNCIL HAS TWO MEETINGS TONIGHT
City Council will meet twice tonight. First they will hold a Committee Meeting from 6:00 pm to 7 pm. That will be followed by a regular City Council Meeting from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You can click here for more information and please check back later today.
Suspect was described as male between the ages of eighteen and sixty two years of age, wearing a jacket, shirt, pants, and shoes.
This comment in today about the police description of the shooter in the M&M Mini-mart on Thursday.
Exactly. This man was seen by many people. Where is a decent description or video of this shooter?
A TORTURE CHAMBER?
Then, the next day, after surgery, Rosario [Gerardo Rosario] was taken to the police station where, his lawsuit said, Officer Toby Hickey demanded he take off his clothes, forcefully removed bandages, and punched and kicked him before handcuffing him naked and putting him in a cell.
From the LNP article, “Lancaster city settles excessive force lawsuit [update], (click here).
Have you read LNP’s update on this story that adds a new lawsuit against the Lancaster City Police? It is shocking.
Let me first state this: I have not found this lawsuit online so I only know what LNP states and have not read it for myself and I also don’t know what attorney is representing Rosario. Further, I can not find any criminal charges for Rosario so I don’t know why he was in the police station in the first place.
But what is going on in that police station? According to federal lawsuits: men are being tasered while handcuffed, there are a lot of strip searches and nowwe have punched and kicked and held naked!
Who is watching these police? What the hell is going on?
WHO IS HISPANIC?
So, who is considered Hispanic in the United States? And how are they counted in public opinion surveys, voter exit polls and government surveys like the upcoming 2020 census? The most common approach to answering these questions is straightforward: Who is Hispanic? Anyone who says they are. And nobody who says they aren’t. From the Pew Research Center, “Who is Hispanic?” (click here). I want to come back to the police description of the shooter Thursday night at the M&M Mini-market (click here): A limited suspect description of an unknown Hispanic male, thin build, dark short hair was obtained. Why do the police think he is Hispanic and does that help the public in identifying him? More from the Pew Research Center:
There was not much sympathy for Mayor Sorace and her column in the LNP Sunday edition (click here). The main message on Facebook: Stop the spending! And these two comments were on Lancaster Online under her column:And this email in. I still don’t know why they are moving the library. The current building is gorgeous – and if it needs updates and repairs then do them! If you know Rutter, let him know please. PennLive has begun a feature where they list all the criminal arrests made daily in several counties. A friend found the below. Why would District Judge William E. Benner Jr. give an alleged rapist unsecured bail? Who watches the judges in Lancaster County?
UPDATED 1-12-20 – A limited suspect description of an unknown Hispanic male, thin build, dark short hair was obtained.
From the police press release on the Thursday night shooting in the M&M Mini-market at 301 S. Ann St. (click here).
LNP took “Hispanic” out of their description in their rewrite of the police release both in print and online (see below).
Should it have been included?
DESCRIPTION NOT OUT!
The above is the ridiculous headline on page A-3 of today’s LNP print edition and the actual description in the article. Is this a joke? Is this really the best the police can do? Please check back later today.
** According to his updated dockets, John Snoke was found not guilty this morning by District Judge David P. Miller in his summary trial for caring for feral cats (see below).
* On a far more serious note, a man was shot in the back in a corner store last night (click here for the police press release). The above was posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the LNP article which quoted the police as stating they did not know if there was a danger to the public or not! Where is the video of the shooter, Lancaster Police? Release it and get this dangerous man off the street.
WILL THE CLAWS COME OUT?
John Snoke, 78, is scheduled to have a summary trial today on two counts of caring for feral cats in Manheim Township. The trial is scheduled for 10:45 am this morning before District Judge David P. Miller. Snoke pleaded not guilty to two counts of caring for feral cats, one in an incident on November 8th and another on November 20th. Click here for the original of the below and please check back later today.
From the December 16th, 2019 column by LNP executive editor Tom Murse, “Can an old newspaper learn new tricks? Absolutely,” (click here).
I commented on the above before stating LNP was 30 to 40 years behind the times. But it’s worse. This is just insulting!
Why do they need a fellowship program for “emerging minority reporters?” Just hire them! They’re coming out of journalism schools everywhere! Why a special program? What in the world?
And why is Meko writing about private wells? Why don’t you have her in the courthouse reporting on the blatant racism there? Unbelievable.
** Sadler [former Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler] said police here are trying to recruit more minority police officers. Of his 144-member force, 10 are African-Americans, and 11 are Latinos.
He said police have gone into churches, started a Police Athletic League, and soon will restart a police cadet program.
We applaud these initiatives.
From the September 28th, 2014 LNP editorial, “We must confront the issue of race in Lancaster,” (click here).
I do not believe a minority (other than a woman) has been sworn into the force since this editorial over six years ago and yet LNP stays mum. Something is not working!
* when Citizen Complaints are investigated by an independent panel and not the LCPD itself I will take these efforts seriously…it is difficult to understand how it makes sense that an entity that receives a complaint or concern decides its own outcome
This excellent comment is posted on Lancaster Online under the story linked to below about the community police working group.
IS THERE NOT ONE QUALIFIED MINORITY?
From left to right: A current LNP article (click here); a new hire from the Police Facebook page (click here) and another current LNP article (click here).
** April Koppenhaver of Mulberry Art Studio sent an email encouraging the public to attend the Mayor’s “State of the City” address as an opportunity to discuss the proposed artwork for Ewell Plaza (see her email below). The link for the free tickets is here.
* Mayor Sorace’s “State of the City” address is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th beginning at 6:00 pm at The Ware Center. According to the city’s Facebook page, it will be livestreamed (see below). Imagine that? Will they be up to the technology to really do it? As a friend said this morning – “They will do it – magic!”
LNP: SUPPORTING SECRECY?
The headline to today’s LNP editorial in their print edition this morning.
The editorial is about Governor Tom Wolf and open records. But why hasn’t LNP demanded answers about the city’s failure to livestream city council meetings? It’s been a year! The city bought special equipment to do it! So what is going wrong and why doesn’t LNP ask? Or do they secretly support the failures because they want to control the news the public receives? Please check back later today.
I did not have time to contact city officials today. I will tomorrow.
A DISASTROUS START!
Unbelievably, city officials began the New Year by failing to livestream last night’s very important city council meeting (there will be much more on this later today and the link to the LNP article shown above is here). City council voted Ismail Smith Wade-El as council president (pictured above right). He is inexperienced, immature and the man behind the city’s most recent horrific failure – the proposed artwork for Ewell Plaza. What a disastrous start to the new year! Please check back later today.
UPDATE 1-4-20 –The commenter on this site submitted a draft to Wikipedia on Lancaster County Judge Leonard G. Brown, III.
— Doing some research this afternoon. —
* Knock me over with a feather! Guess the identity of a long-time commenter on this site who really got on my nerves yesterday (and many other days). Yesterday I put his/her IP address into Google and there was a hit! This person submitted a draft to Wikipedia on a Lancaster County Judge (see below and I have erased the name of the judge and the IP address). Amazing! Hmmm…
NOT QUALIFIED TO BE JUDGE!
Craig Stedman will be sworn in today as a Lancaster County Judge. Will he serve his full term? The lies LNP has told the public over the years to “protect” this man are unbelievable. From previously on this site:
From LNP’s article, “Lancaster man charged with possession of child porn: police,” (click here).
No, LNP, that is not correct. That is sloppy reporting. He did not put up $50,000. He didn’t put up a dime and he is free because his bail is unsecured (see his docket below). District Judge David P. Miller immediately released this man charged with seven felonies for child pornography. District Judges are elected, LNP, and the public needs to know the actions they take.
* On a more serous note, the entry below was made on CrimeWatch by the Manheim Township Police (click here). There is no bail amount and apparently this 19-year-old will be sent a summons to appear. He punched the victim in the face and then he pointed a gun at the victim. He pointed a gun at the victim and this is the result? Unbelievable. What do you think?
BAD GRAMMAR TO START THE NEW YEAR?
Shouldn’t that headline read: Over $70M worth of liquor was sold in Lancaster County in 2019? And this is the lead story on Lancaster Online? Put down the booze, LNP employees! Please check back later today.
From the LNP article pictured left (click here): In its letter, the board wrote it would not be filing charges because Reinaker cooperated with the investigation, the conduct was “brief and singular in nature,” he apologized to Officer Snader, he accepted responsibility and he self-reported the incident on June 14. The board said the letter must be made public in lieu of charges being filed. Reinaker’s self-report to the Judicial Conduct Board came the day after the incident was reported by LNP and subsequently brought national attention to Pennsylvania’s judiciary. That is ridiculous and unacceptable! We have to expect and demand more from our judges. Please check back later today.
12-30-19 UPDATE– LNP’s coverage of this horrific murder has been terrible from day one. It’s as if their reporters don’t have a brain or any common sense. They take whatever the police and the DA’s office tells them and regurgitate it for the public without questioning a thing. There is not a single reference to a first arson fire in any of their current reporting on the arrest of Carlos Montalvo-Rivera for the murder of his wife, Olga Sanchez-Reyes, over nine years ago. And like all the crimes in Lancaster, they never demand answers and accountability for why it wasn’t solved and an arrest made. As noted on this site recently: The police did not lift a finger to solve that first arson even though a mother and her baby were almost killed. If they had lifted a finger, there is the possibility that Olga Sanchez-Reyes would be alive today.
Lancaster City Police Officer Nathan Nickel has put a lot of people behind bars. A lot. If this lawsuit discredits him, once again the DA’s office is in deep trouble. Interestingly, it looks like the city and the police department have split on their defense. The police and Nickel seem to have gone outside of the city’s insurance carrier, Travelers, and hired an outside firm that specializes in this type of suit (see below and click here for The MacMain Law Group website). How much will this cost the public? There will be more tomorrow.
* Jessica Lopez, Nickel’s accuser, is no saint by any means (see below). But if, as her attorney’s claim in the lawsuit, there is dashcam video of Nickel’s assault on her, Nickel has to go. Period. And that’s a huge problem for the DA’s office.
One of my first contacts with the Lancaster City Police department shortly after starting this website was with Detective Nathan Nickel. I was shocked. I remain shocked to this day.
Now Nickel is charged in a federal lawsuit with sexual assault. He is also the lead detective in the horrific arson murder of Olga Sanchez-Reyes in December of 2010. The prosecution needs his testimony.
So what did District Attorney Craig Stedman do about this complicated and difficult situation? Nine years after her murder, he held a press conference putting Nickel front and center and announced that her husband, Carlos Montalvo-Rivera, was charged with her murder.
When did Stedman learn about the lawsuit? Why did he bring the murder charge from out of the blue?
I’ll begin this twisted story with my May 6th, 2014 post on this site about that original phone call with Nickel (click here for the original).
UPDATE 12-21-19 – Argh – Panic Saturday! My car has been out of commission for the last two days and I am incredibly behind on everything. I will come back to this story tomorrow and then LIP News will go on holiday break!
* Carlos Montalvo-Rivera’s preliminary hearing scheduled for this morning has been continued. The woman answering the phone in the District Justice’s office said a new date has not yet been established.
WHAT WAS THE SPARK?
“Investigators debated for years over when to charge husband for wife’s fiery slaying in 2010.” The headline to an LNP article (click here). Why did DA Stedman decide to arrest and charge Carlos Montalvo-Rivera on October 17, 2019? It couldn’t have come out of the blue. He’s a seasoned professional. What was the spark? Please check back later today.
* Following the verdict Tuesday, Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth sentenced Wingerd to a year of probation, to be served consecutively to the 3-year probation term in the threats case. From the DA’s press release (click here). This is white privilege. Period. And LNP doesn’t even include the name of the Judge in their rewrite of the above DA’s press release pictured at left (click here). That is inexplicable. It is the new President Judge! The racism in Lancaster County is astounding and LNP’s “reporting” is a joke!
DID DA STEDMAN CHARGE AN INNOCENT MAN?
Carlos Montalvo-Rivera is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing tomorrow in the horrific arson murder of his wife, Olga Sanchez-Reyes, on December 6th, 2010. Will this be the case to finally expose soon to be judge, Craig Stedman, as the corrupt liar he really is? Please check back later today.
— Watching the House Impeachment Debate this afternoon. —
USE LESS WATER?
** Art Morris addressed city council again last night during the public comment period over the increased water and sewer rates and said they are very difficult for poor people to pay. And he said this, in part: There were comments made that, well, if people can save the amount of water they use they can drop the bill. Really? I mean really? There was an editorial on this in the newspaper because the city made that comment. It came out of, I think, the mayor’s office or Patrick saying one way we could do this is if people use less water. The truth of the matter is – you could reduce the amount of water but it wouldn’t reduce your bill much because the city has to get so much money to pay for employees.
DELFS NEEDS HELP?
Randy Patterson, Chris Delfs
* Former Mayor Art Morris addressed city council last night about two recent hires – Chris Delfs who began as Lancaster’s Director of Community Planning and Economic Development on July 8th of this year and Stephen Campbell who will be the city’s Director of Public Works beginning in January. Morris discussed gaps in their resumes and regarding Delfs stated the following (click here for the video): The city seemed to acknowledge this gap when they retained Randy Patterson who previously had the job and retired from this position. They retained him as a consultant. His 12 month agreement is to provide consulting services to assist operations of this department. His hourly rate is $125 an hour for 10 to 15 hours a week for the length of 12 months. This would be $32,500 for five hours per week. It would be $65,000 for 10 hours a week and it would be $97,500 for 15 hours to assist the person who is budgeted to earn $146,795 in 2020. I don’t know the amount being billed but it would be good to know. When Randy Patterson was an employee, he did not need assistance and was paid almostthe same as the position currently pays.
& MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN?
Click here and here for the two LNP articles above.
Yes, as expected, city council unanimously increased all the fees on the agenda last night and the only person to complain was former Mayor Art Morris and he also slammed an LNP editorial. He also questioned two of the city’s recent hires and gave some shocking information on Randy Patterson who supposedly retired. April Koppenhaver was also at the meeting and she thanked the fire fighters who fought the fire in her Mulberry Art Studio building last Wednesday and also spoke against the proposed Ewell Plaza artwork and proposed a plan. There will be more on that later today.
And DA Stedman, soon to be a Lancaster County Judge, is wasting even more of the public’s money. Unbelievable! And there is a murder case that needs to be examined before he is sworn in as a judge.
Jeff Hawkes is one of the most senior reporters at LNP. And he types the below sentence in the story shown at left (click here): In February 2017, a Lancaster County judge sentenced Ingle to 3-to-6 years in prison after Ingle pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. And Hawkes couldn’t be bothered to look up who that judge is or he didn’t think it is important? Judges are elected! This is unacceptable journalism. It was Judge Margaret C. Miller who also recently sentenced Jaquia Morales. And she is infamous on this site for sending a child sexual molester back to live with the children he molested. I’ll come back to all of that tomorrow.
COUNCIL MEETS & THE CITY IS SUED
City council meets tonight at 7:30 in lieu of next Tuesday which of course is Christmas Eve. On the agenda is the approval of the 2020 budget which includes — amending the water rates — increasing the fees for solid waste and recycling — increasing sewer rates and industrial waste surcharges The full agenda is here and the meeting should be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). The city is also the subject of a new federal lawsuit filed on December 11th and the Factual Background and Counts 1 and 2 are below.
TALK ABOUT RECIDIVISM!
From today’s police log (click here) and a mugshot of Frederick Sisneros from a prior arrest.
* For several reasons, I decided to check Frederick Sisneros’ docket and I can’t believe what I found. What do you do with a man like this and why wasn’t he in jail? This man has 26 criminal dockets in Common Pleas Court beginning in 1990! Below is page 1 of 3 pages of his criminal dockets. How do you protect the public from this man?
SAD ON SO MANY LEVELS
Posted on the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office Facebook page under their post about the recent sentencing of Jaquia Morales (click here for the press release).
I’m coming back to “A TALE OF TWO MOTHERS” later today.
— Trying to get into the Christmas spirit this afternoon! LIP News will be back tomorrow.
* I couldn’t have said it better (the comment to the left was posted on Lancaster Online under Murse’s column). Not only that, but on the same day LNP ran his ridiculous piece, the LNP editorial board had the unmitigated gall to state the following (click here):
A fundamental rule of public service is this: You’re not really serving the public if you’re using your office for personal gain.
How do you respond to that, Murse? Is LNP really serving the public or are you lining your own pockets? What hypocrisy and what a betrayal of the public’s trust!
WHO ARE THEY TRICKING?
12-16-19 UPDATE –Tom Murse’s column is now online (click here). Can a newspaper learn new tricks or can editors and reporters learn new tricks? And who and why are they trying to trick? So many questions, so little time! Please check back later today.
* The purpose of the Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey, launched in 1978, is to document employment trends in U.S. print and online publications and help newsrooms reflect the growing diversity of their audiences. The survey measures progress toward ASNE’s goal of having the percentage of minorities working in newsrooms nationwide equal to that of minorities in the nation’s population by 2025. From The American Society of News Editors (click here).
LNP IS NOW HIRING MINORITIES!
From the front page of today’s LNP print edition (not currently online).
LNP has named Tom Murse “executive editior” (he was previously the “managing editor”) and today we get a full line of platitudes and crap from this man including the below. Hey, Tom, you’re 30 to 40 years behind the times on that! How embarrassing!
Angela Benedict’s first three dockets; the one for child endangerment on July 8th , the one for DUI and multiple other charges on July 26th and the one for Burglary and other charges on July 30th, all indicate that she is scheduled for a status conference before President Judge Dennis Reinaker on February 13, 2020. She was just formally arraigned in Common Pleas Court on the final docket yesterday. Benedict obviously has a very serious drug and alcohol problem and she is a danger to the public. Jaquia Morales (pictured right above) obviously has mental health issues and I will come to her case tomorrow.
**** On September 25th, Angela Benedict was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness (see her docket below). Her bail was set at $7,500 cash. According to the Lancaster County Prison she was committed on November 7th and as of this morning she continues to show up as being in the prison.
*** On July 30th, Angela Benedict was arrested and charged with burglary and other crimes (see her docket below). Her bail was set at $20,000 cash and this time bail bondsman James Fable posted it for her. Her bail was revoked and then reset at $50,000 cash. And apparently Fable posted that as well because she was free to commit other crimes on September 25th!
** Angela Benedict’s bail was set at $3,000 cash for endangering her daughter’s life, and on July 15th, bail bondsman Sylvester Jones posted it on her behalf. On July 26th she was arrested for the below. And even though she was out on parole, her bail was inexplicably set as unsecured. But these charges were not filed until after she had committed two different felonies on July 30th.
FINALLY BEHIND BARS!
* Luckily for the residents of Lancaster County, Angela Benedict is finally in jail. She is the woman pictured on the left below. After she was arrested on July 8th of this year for endangering the welfare of her child per the below (click here for the original LNP article): A woman, under the influence of drugs, left her infant daughter alone in the woods of southern Lancaster County for more than three hours on Monday, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Angela Lynne Benedict, 33, of New Providence, was incoherent and unable to give police much information about her 17-month-old daughter’s whereabouts in the woods of Providence Township, policesaid. She was arrested three more times within the next four months for significant crimes (see below). How was this allowed to happen? How was she free to commit these crimes?
— 12-13-19 UPDATE– Busy day today. LIP News will be back tomorrow.
WHAT CAUSED THIS FIRE?
A COUPLE OF MORE MONTHS AT WHISPERING HOPE
The DA’s press release on today’s plea is below (click here for the original). An East Earl man pleaded no contest Thursday in Lancaster County Court to years of sexual abuse against four pre-teenagers. David Stoltzfus Smucker, 75, pleaded to 20 felonies, including rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child. Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick said Smucker told the victims to keep the contact “secret.” The girls were abused between 2014 and 2018 at Smucker’s home on Smoketown School Road and at other locations. Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker accepted the plea and will order sentence after a background investigation is completed in a couplemonths. A no contest plea has the same legal ramifications as a guilty plea. By pleading no contact, Smucker does not admit guilt, but concedes there is ample evidence for conviction. Smucker is staying at Whispering Hope in Cumberland County, under bail conditions. He was transferred from Lancaster County Prison, in part, because the prison is not equipped to handle his medical needs. In court, ADA Haverstick read aloud the many different acts Smuckerforced the children to perform. Some of the children said they were abused every time they were at Smucker’s house. ADA Haverstick said he will present testimony at sentencing about “extraordinary impact” these acts had on the victims and community. The abuse was reported to Lancaster County Children and Youth last year. State police were then contacted and opened an investigation. The Lancaster County Children’s Alliance also assisted in the investigation, conducting interviews of all four victims. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Nelson Renno filed charges. Four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child were dropped as part of the plea.
& LNP DOESN’T MENTION IT!
Both of the above LNP articles that went online yesterday feature April Koppenhaver of Mulberry Art Studios (pictured left) and her and other artists’ objections to the proposed artwork for Ewell Plaza. Koppenhaver addressed the Public Art Advisory Board on Monday evening and city council on Tuesday night. And yesterday, her building at 253 W. King Street burned. What caused the fire? Click here and here for the LNP articles pictured above and please check back later today.
** The owner of the building involved in the Lancaster city fire today at 253 W. King Street is April Koppenhaver (click here for WGAL’s coverage). I spoke to her at approximately 11:00 am to 11:35 am this morning.
WHERE IS THE EQUAL JUSTICE?
On the court calendar, President Judge Dennis Reinaker is also scheduled to apparently sentence an Issac Lapp into the ARD program tomorrow morning (see the “BREAKING NEWS” immediately below on Smucker). He has the same defense attorney as David Smucker and he has a plain sect name so I decided to look him up.
He has two felony counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and numerous other charges (see his docket below). Lapp has been out of jail on $25,000 unsecured bail since his arrest and now he is going into the ARD program?
Remember Ashley Gaston who spent three months in prison on $50,000 cash bail before it was finally reduced for kicking a newly acquired dog she alleged tried to bite her son?
It is not only good to be white in Lancaster County but being white and plain sect will keep you out of jail in Lancaster County!
— There will be more on April Koppenhaver and the Ewell Plaza artworkcoming to this site shortly.
** I spoke with April Koppenhaver by phone this morning. A full report will be coming.
* If anyone would like to attend city council meetings and livestream them, please let me know. There is a standing offer of $50.00 per meeting from this site.
LNP: LIARS & THIEVES!
I think it would be good for April and others there to know that they were censored this evening. Such purposeful pettiness on the part of Lancaster city’s bureaucrats who are absolutely held to no account when it comes to doing their jobs. This comment in last night to this site after there was no livestream of the city council meeting. I will try to contact April today. The idea that LNP presents themselves as a “community watchdog” has me so infuriated this morning that I will send a link to former Commissioner Molly Henderson’s book “Pressed” to everyone I can think of so they know what liars and thieves these people actually are. Please check back later today.