The Lancaster City Police had a big awards ceremony last night (click here). I’ll come back to that tomorrow, but today I want to address my two emails to Mayor Gray and all the City Council members regarding the May 16th murder of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor.
A phone message for the Mayor was left with his assistant, Bernie Berkholder, at 10:40 am this morning. I will follow up again tomorrow and every day after that until I get an answer. Why hasn’t Mayor Gray and the Lancaster Police Department accepted the District Attorney’s offer of assistance in arresting Kaylor’s killer?
This was my second request on October 16, 2012:
I have not received a response to my original email of September 20, 2012. Today marks the five month anniversary of the brutal murder of Erma Kaylor in her home at 235 W. Vine Street. Will you be requesting the District Attorney’s assistance to remove her killer from the streets and bring justice and closure for her family, friends, neighbors and Lancaster City residents?
I eagerly await your response.
This was my first request on September 20, 2012:
Dear Mayor Gray,
Please advise why the Lancaster Police have not taken advantage of Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman’s offer to assist in arresting the killer of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor in her home at 235 West Vine Street on May 16th of this year? This killer presents a danger to the citizens of Lancaster every day. It has been over four months since her murder. There have been multiple media reports of people living in fear in her neighborhood and many stating they want to move because of this horrific, unsolved murder.
Will the Lancaster Police be accepting the District Attorney’s offer of assistance in removing this killer from the streets?
I look forward to your response.
Local data also shows that reports of major crimes end with fewer arrests. Included in the Lancaster County data are clearance statistics, which indicate when a report ends — either with an arrest or the termination of an investigation for a different reason. Through August of this year, local police have cleared roughly a third of all reported crimes. Most alarming are clearance rates for burglary and robbery. “(Those) lower clearance rates do stand out,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said. Through August, police received 293 burglary reports, with 32 of them being cleared. In that same time frame, 137 robberies have been reported, and 41 have been cleared.
From today’s front page article, “Statistics show reports of crime falling in Lancaster County,” (click here). What a ridiculous headline! Crimes are not being solved! What about the “clearance rate” for murder? What about attempted murder? What about aggravated assault? What about arson?
Police Chief Keith Sadler needs to resign or be fired immediately! Period!
The crime situation in Lancaster is out of control and the Lancaster Newspapers are not even beginning to tell the public the true story.
Their lead front page story today and the story below it are about dogs – literally! This newspaper cares more about dogs than 83-year-old Erma Kaylor being brutally murderred in her home in May and her killer still being on the loose over five months later. It is absolutely disgusting!
Please check back later today.
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