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        Harris2        241 N. Charlotte 

       Judge Grbey   Bill Beyer

      Leslie Gorbey will tell you she is never bored.
     Seeing how the Lancaster County Family and Juvenile Court judge spends her weekends, you can see why. Gorbey fills her plate full during her time away from the courthouse.
     She and her husband, retired attorney Bill Beyer, live in the southern end in “the middle of nowhere.”
     The opening paragraphs from the March 18, 2011 LNP article, “Never a dull moment: Hooking, riding, dancing keeps judge busy.” (click here).
     Well, Leslie and Bill decided to leave “the middle of nowhere” and on February 4, 2013 they bought a house on a beautiful tree-lined street in Lancaster for $375,000 – right next door to the Franklin & Marshalll fraternity house of Kappa Sigma.
     To hear Bill tell it, it has been a nightmare of “noise, trash and public uriination.” In fact, Bill has complained loudly twice to the Lancaster City Council that something must be done about this fraternity that has been at the same spot for 75 years!
     This brings up multiple questions:
—  Why did LNP reporter Bernie Harris write two lengthly articles about this situation without ever identifying exactly who this poor couple actually are?  You can’t get any more politically connected than this couple!
—   This now explains why Mayor Gray and Police Chief Keith Sadler got so heavily involved and spent so much time and legalese on this ridiculous situation (click here for “ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS: YOU’RE FIRED!”). Not only that, a friend sent me an email today (thank you)  and said:
     Wrong, wrong wrong! Sadler & Gray are WRONG! The house may be on probation but any decent attorney could easily challenge this as the code reads:
     A rooming unit, a dwelling let for rent; or a residential unit occupied by any persons other than are occupied solely by the owner and members of the owner’s family. Each individual townhouse dwelling, each individual apartment unit, each individual unit in a multifamily building, each individual unit in a two-family dwelling, and each rooming unit shall be considered a separate residential rental unit. A residential rental unit shall not include a hospital room utilized for medical services. Whenever the word “unit” is used herein, it shall mean “residential rental unit” as defined by this definition.
     F&M is right, it should be against two individuals not two strikes for one location!

 —     Don’t you think that moving from “the middle of nowhere” into the city might be a shock to the senses?  In fact, from the beginning LNP article, Gorbey says this:
     We don’t go out to dinner frequently because we live in the middle of nowhere and it takes at least a half hour to get anywhere.

—   Bill doesn’t seem like the friendliest of people.  He only has one Facebook friend and that’s his wife (it’s true)!
—   Gorbey doesn’t seem to deal well with juveniles and young people and perhaps her judgeship and position should be re-evaluated.
—   I could go on and on but this is one of the most absurd, ridiculous and disgusting incidents on the part of Mayor Gray, Police Chief Keith Sadler, city council, the Lancaster Newspapers and their reporter Bernie Harris ever!  Why don’t they all travel down to 516 E. Chestnut Street and see the real, explicit danger these folks live with everyday (click here for ‘WORSE THAN EVER!”):
516 E. Chestnut
      And as for LNP reporter Bernie Harris and Mayor Rick Gray, this is all I have to say:
 rickspin  Harris harris1


  1. Sam says:

    Could Gorbey and Beyer’s actions be premeditated? The fact that they bought their house at a low value knowing they could potentially use their judicial knowledge and connections to push out the fraternity. That fraternity has been in the neighborhood for about 80 years. Frankly, Gorbey/Beyer are essentially bullying these students. The two should be ashamed of themselves as well as the City Council. There are larger issues in Lancaster that need to be attended to.

  2. huh? says:

    Seeing that they may be trying to save this structure is admirable. I hope that is possible – as compared to the latest building downtown that is in much better condition but deemed destructable by the Historic Preservation frauds.

  3. concerned citizen says:

    I drove by 516 E. Walnut St. a few hours ago and took a quick look. The third floor walls have been braced inside and out with wooden supports; it looks like they’re going to save them after all. Work continues on the back of the structure, which is half of a city block long. It is better that this building which has real character be rebuilt, rather than torn down and replaced with bland generic structures.

  4. Tax time says:

    It is quite amazing the extraordinarily low assessed values of some of these huge homes. This Gorby/Beyer home is just one of many in that block that are stately, large, beautiful properties that have a very low assessment relative to both sale prices and market values. Why are these properties assessed at 1/2 that of homes in, say, Lancaster Township (same school district, etc)? Why aren’t these property owners paying their fair share of school and county taxes? Is there a different formula for the city?

  5. Denny says:

    I didn’t even think of the real estate agent, my mind went directly to the tax assessment office!

    • Becky says:

      I’m sorry, Denny. I was thinking this couple may have overpaid for the house. I just did a quick look and haven’t really verified anything but it looks as if this home sold for $350,000 in 2006. That means the tax assessment is unbelievably low! I don’t know what’s going on!

  6. Denny says:

    They paid $375,000. for the house yet it is assessed at $160,000. What’s wrong with this picture?

  7. my goodness says:

    I’m sorry that I made a mistake. Mark’s post certainly makes sense.

    • Becky says:

      I just can’t get over the fact that Bernard Harris wrote two long stories about this and never identified the two. It is outrageous and the most slanted, unethical journalism I have ever seen! He and numerous reporters and editors in that office knew damn well who they are and why Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler became directly involved in this nonsense and absurdity!

  8. robert says:

    But Gorbey deals exclusively with the Family Court not with criminal juvenile court.

  9. robert says:

    It is N. Charlotte St. My wife grew up on N. Charlotte St.!!!

  10. Mark says:

    Gorbey/Beyer bought the home on the cheap because of its proximity to a fraternity house, and now they are using their political and judicial connections to drive the fraternity out of the neighborhood and — as a result — drive the value of their house substantially higher. The fraternity has been there for as long as these people have been alive. Gorbey and Beyer are merely opportunists who are bullying a bunch of college kids. Certainly nothing for them to be proud of, and embarrassing to the city of Lancaster.

  11. my goodness says:

    The mayor and chief need to brush up on what is going on in Lancaster, particularly our ordinances. The frat kids obviously are aware of the law. And Bernie, you know that there is no North Charlotte St. Quite frankly, only in Lancaster

    • Becky says:

      I should have said the house on the right is Bill Beyer’s and Leslie Gorbey’s. The photo is from the county website and they do list it as N. Charlotte Street. I don’t know about the North and South. I will look at a map.

  12. robert says:

    Gorbey is a Family Court judge. She doesn’t deal directly with juveniles.

    • Becky says:

      Robert, Robert, Robert! What part of “Lancaster County Family and Juvenile Court judge” do you fail to understand?

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