David Smucker is scheduled to be sentenced this morning at 9:00 am by Judge Dennis Reinaker after pleading no contest to 25 felony counts of child sexual abuse including incest. The above from today’s court calendar refers to it as a “Sentencing Hearing.” His docket states he will be sentenced today. Please check back later today.
— Taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow! —
* …The same type of DNA analysis used to find Rowe could be used on other cold cases, the district attorney’s office said. …Stedman budgeted $10,000 for similar DNA analysis work in 2019, enough to be able to work on two cases, according to the district attorney’s office. DNA and genealogy work costs between $3,000 and $5,000, the office said. From the LNP 2019 article, “DA’s office announces new cold case homicide investigation unit in Lancaster County,” (click here).
JUDGE THIS, STEDMAN!
“So he improperly spent DA’s office forfeiture account money on an SUV for himself, then when called on it filed a frivolous lawsuit to silence those who called him on it, and now to pay for the lawsuit he proposes to again improperly spend DA office account funds on something for which those funds were not intended. Is your head spinning yet,” Josh Parsons, chairman of the board of commissioners, said in a statement. From the LNP article, “Stedman submits bill for lawsuit against commissioners, teeing up new legal battle,” (click here). And now, Stedman is a judge! What a mess! $74,000 dollars? That would pay for a lot of DNA tests for all the unsolved murders under Stedman! Please check back later today.
— To the original commenter, part of whose unpublished comment was posted here this morning, please go away!
** Please see the comment under this post regarding the Scheid Funeral Home that came in this morning that strongly states the first commenter’s claims that were published are false.
* On a lighter (or cleaner) note, the Manheim Township Police posted the below on their Facebook page (click here for the CrimeWatch entry).
WAS IT MONEY?
Here is the skinny on the funeral home: Scheid friends with Scott Martin – went to Lanc Catholic, GOP campaign contributor to Martin and Craig Stedman and others. (Stedman can claim he didn’t know that but Martin was his campaign manager. So …he knew it.) Manor was getting complaints also but Stedman would not let Manor township do anything with their complaints and MTPD chief Todd Graff and Stedman are thick as thieves. The beginning of a comment into this site yesterday that has not been posted. Can you back any of this up? If so, please do. Please check back later today.
David Smucker, who pleaded no contest to 25 felony counts of child sexual abuse including incest, is scheduled to be sentenced this coming Friday at 9:00 am. There will be more tomorrow.
THEY DUMPED HER!
Now that we have a new District Attorney you could possibly get some relief from this sicko. Starting to appear that Stedman ignored a lot of stuff.
This comment in last night about my stalker. Yes, apparently Stedman ignored a lot of things. From the LNP article on the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home there is this (click here):
“I think it started when the district attorney in Lancaster dumped me,” Kirchner said of her case. “They didn’t take it for whatever (reason). But I do feel if my stuff would’ve come out, that people would’ve thought twice before going to him,” she added.
— Back to serious news tomorrow. The East Lampeter Police and the District Attorney’s office will again be notified of the harassment and threats from this extremely sick, deranged and totally obsessed individual.
*** I’m not sure why he likes men in tighty whities (!) but that is me on his new page. LOL! I was in Denver covering the Roseboro trial in the photo of me he photo-shopped in.
** And he’s posting on Lancaster Online so people go to his Facebook page (the one below is under the LNP story, “McCaskey grad, model appears on ‘Dr. Phil’ to clear her name after transphobic comments,” (click here). LOL!
THE DIRTY BIRD!
* I hate to have to do this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but for those on the Facebook page “Lancaster, PA,” Curtis Martino is actually my stalker Steven Markle of Leola (see the below entry on this site from 2011(!) and the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab above). Google shut down his attack/harassment blogspot against me last week and he has gone even more insane!
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.