— So, the head of the Drug Task Force, John Burkhart, who oversaw the spending of thousands of dollars in drug forfeiture cash sitting in a safe in the DA’s office, was suddenly fired on Monday and the public has not been given a clue as to why? Unbelievable.
* It’s funny then that LNP’s astute editorial team penned an attack on municipalities that are currently withholding money from the drug task force just yesterday. I assume to report on the same day that same drug task force is in shambles wouldn’t be a good look. This comment in yesterday under the post immediately below. How true!
CALLING ALL LAWYERS!
John Burkhart, a retired Lancaster city detective who since 2011 led the drug task force, confirmed to LNP|LancasterOnline that he was fired on Monday. He declined to elaborate, other than to say he is seeking a lawyer. From the LNP article pictured left (click here). There are lots of lawyers in Lancaster! If you are one and you want to represent John Burkhart – contact him! This story confirms a comment into this site yesterday alerting us that Burkhart had been fired (thank you!). We need to know why he was suddenly fired. The DA’s office issued a press release yesterday titled, “Drug Task Force, Selective Enforcement Unit to Work in Tandem on Temporary Basis,” which tells us almost nothing (click here). Under the announcement on the DA’s Facebook page there is the below exchange. Please note I have no idea of the commenters’ relationships to John Burkhart – if in fact they are related at all. If anyone has more information on this very strange turn of events please let us know. Why was Burkhart fired in the first place? Please check back later today.
I will try to get to the bottom of John Burkhart’s status with the DA’s office tomorrow (pictured left). Please see below and the comments into this site under this post. Where is LNP?
Also, Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser gave an important “2019 Year in Review” about his department to city council on Monday. I will also come back to that tomorrow. Once again, where is LNP?
** Speaking of John Burkhart, do you remember the below (click here for the original)? This still amazes me. Have those records been released and has the public seen them? The link to the LNP story in the screenshot is here.
* Becky, the rumblings around the court house today are that the head of the drug task force [John Burkhart]was fired two weeks ago. Word is he was even escorted out by his brothers in blue. Part of a comment into this site today. Can anyone verify this information?
FINALLY: SOME PROGRESS!
From the Lancaster Police Facebook page (click here to read more about the Cadet program).
Wonderful! Congratulations to him! Please check back later today!
At approximately 6:44 pm last night, the livestream of the city council committee meeting suddenly appeared. That means that everyone who wanted to watch it missed most of the important items on the agenda. It appears they have the full video up this morning so please be patient as I find the time to watch it. When will the city finally get this right? This is beyond ridiculous! And where is LNP and their coverage? Well, their editorial board was busy meeting and livestreaming an interview with new President Judge David Ashworth last evening at the same time as the city council committee meeting (click here for the above article). And Judge Ashworth made an important decision regarding the Jonathan Luna records but why does only LNP (the news organization) get to request the documents (click here for the above article)? Public records are public records. Please check back later today.
On September 27th, 2019, Ana Brito was caught on video punching her 22-year-old son who has developmental delays when he apparently refused to leave the car (the video is below in this post). A wide number of people saw the video on social media and called the police. She was arrested and charged with one count of simple assault which is a second degree misdemeanor. Over five months later she is scheduled to have a status conference on March 19th, 2020. The prosecutor in the case is Samantha Mary Laverty. Brito is being represented by public defender Samuel Encarnacion. The judge scheduled is Dennis Reinaker.
Below are some of the events in this case from her docket. How long should a case like this take? Luckily she received unsecured bail in the amount of $1,000 or she might have been sitting in jail this whole time. And what do you think her ultimate punishment should be? LIP News will follow her case.
****** There is a city council committee meeting tonight beginning at 6:00 pm. The meeting should be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). Let’s see if they can get the audio and visual to both work! Among many other important items the below two items are on tonight’s agenda (click here for the full agenda):
* From today’s Lancaster City Police log (click here). What in the world? THEFT 1ST BLOCK E JAMES ST OCCURRED 02/17/2020 BETWEEN 0611 HOURS Reporting Person / Victim came into the Lancaster City Police Station to report a theft. Victim reported she received a Facebook notification stating someone logged into her account from an unusual device location and logged out two minutes later. Victim then received a Facebook message from a person she did not know stating one of the cards she gave them did not work. Victim then discovered an unauthorized sum of money was transferred fromher bank account. Victim filed a complaint with her bank.
THE PACE OF JUSTICE
Remember the below from September 29th, 2019 on this site (click here for the original)? Ana Brito punched her 22-year-old son with developmental delays. Where does this stand? How fast does justice work in Lancaster County? How much is it costing you?
* The below video was posted on “Must See Pics an Vids” yesterday afternoon and the police report they received numerous phone calls and made an arrest (click here for the police press release).
breaking news…. lancaster city woman caught on video beating her mentally disabled son who is autistic… please call city police demand her arrest….prayers for this young man….
Posted inGeneral News|Comments Off on WHEN CRAZY GETS CRAZIER! – 2
THEN DON’T READ IT!
The below comment just in and the IP information is below that. The usual: Normally there would be a city and state listed. Steven Markle is using a tor-proxy so it shows a question mark for location. And the East Lampeter Township police and Lancaster DA’s office: It’s the same computer information as most of his over 3,000 comments into this site. Why hasn’t his family demanded he get mental help? Why isn’t he in jail?
The obsession and jealousy of convicted serial stalker and harasser, Steven Markle, reaches new heights with a YouTube video. Oh, I think the police will be investigating you! The sound is awful so a transcript is below the video.
This is the crow. Becky Holzinger has abused the internet. She has worked in conjunction with a convicted felon. She was pictured in front of LNP offices with another convicted felon. She has attempted to manipulate stories in LNP. She has attempted to manipulate the city council of Lancaster by emailing them. She demanded DNA testing for an entire police force and a detective in Lancaster because of a single social media post. There needs to be an immediate police investigation into the conduct of Becky Holzinger.
Federal Judge Henry S. Perkin has ordered a hearing on whether Sean William’s trial against Lancaster Police Officer Philip Bernot should continue. Williams was a no-show for the first day of the scheduled trial and the defendant’s attorneys filed a Request to Dismiss. The hearing will be held on March 24th in the Federal Courthouse in Allentown (see below).
RELEASE THE RECORDS!
From the LNP article pictured left (click here): …The prosecutor’s office, in a court filing Thursday, wrote “the release of the coroner records and papers of Jonathan Luna poses a threat of substantially hindering or jeopardizing the ongoing investigation.” What “ongoing investigation?” Is that a joke? Also from the article: …They were in archives housed in the basement of the government building on North Queen Street. It’s unclear how long the records had been there. The archives manager has said as far as he know [sic], no one had asked for them in the ten-plus years he’s been there until a deputy coroner sought them. So, again I ask: what investigation? Ten years? Release these records! Please check back later today.
** Something went very wrong. The attorney’s motion to withdraw from Jessica Lopez’s lawsuit is below. Click here for “Rule 1.16: Declining or Terminating Representation.”
* The video, shown to a LNP|LancasterOnline reporter Thursday at the police station, shows Lopez sitting in the rear passenger side and Nickel driving. From the LNP article, “Lawyers for woman accusing Lancaster officer of groping want out of suit; city refutes claims in recent court filing,” (click here). If the police showed the video to a LNP reporter, then why haven’t they released it to the public? Why didn’t LNP demand it?
HOW MUCH IS THIS COSTING?
The above pictures are from the Lancaster City Police Instagram page.
What in the world? How much is this public relations project costing the city? If they want to improve their image, maybe the police shouldn’t taser a man sitting on the sidewalk! Please check back later today.
— It’s been a busy day. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —
PUT IT ON A BILLBOARD? – 2
I had a problem with the sound during last night’s livestreaming of the city council meeting (click here). There was an echo and at times a very low volume that would not allow me to be absolutely sure what was said and thus to report on it. My old laptop and its sound system may be partly responsible so I will try another computer with headphones and check the clarity. The one thing I am sure of is they spent a huge amount of time on the proposed billboard for Long’s Park. Someone is going to make huge bucks off this billboard and it’s not the city. Please check back later today.
There is a city council meeting tonight beginning at 7:30 pm. The meeting should be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). Who will LNP send to cover it? Will LNP cover it at all? When will LNP do an in-depth piece on all of the unsolved murders? Will they ask DA Heather Adams whether Roxanne Myers and Juanita Chevalier were killed by the same man? Why haven’t they asked? And this comment just in about Steven Markle: He needs to be put away for a long time. Yes, he most certainly does!
2-25-20 UPDATE – Yikes! Running late this morning! Please check back later today.
AN APOLOGY TO THE CHEVALIER FAMILY
I owe the family of Juanita Chevalier an apology (see yesterday’s post). A comment came in with a link to a new Twitter account for her to help solve her murder. I approved the comment and moved the link to the home page. After an hour or so the link no longer worked so I got the new one and changed the link. In the meantime, my convicted serial stalker, Steve Markle, somehow hacked the old Twitter account and started posting nonsense including my name. I did not catch any screenshots except for the final one which is below. Today, the account no longer exists. The link to their valid Twitter page ishere. It was out of my control but I apologize to the family for the actions of this very sick serial stalker. Can you imagine doing that to a family who are distressed and in pain and looking for help?
You really want to be convicted of stalking and harassment again, don’t you Steve? The below blog was put up about him in 2010 by another victim (click here). Also see the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab above on this site.
There will be much more to come…
*UPDATED TO ADD HER MOTHER WHO WAS ALSO KILLED. The coroner has officially identified them. According to county records the home is owned by Sabine and Paulin Labarriere. Sabine Labarriere died in the fire.
Sabine Labarriere (left) and her mother, Marie Dorcena/Facebook
In 19 hours, as of 8:30 am, a neighbor has raised $27,345 in a GoFundMe account for this family that suffered a horrific fire that killed two family members (click here). From the page: Wanted to thank everyone for your kind generosity! This community is absolutely amazing and has shown such support in such a short time! The 18 year old daughters size is Medium. Please drop off donations at the West Hempfield Fire Department at 3476 Marietta Ave, Lancaster , PA. Drop off at doors around back. There will be a big Tupperware container there that you can place any gift cards in (just put lid back on top), if nobody is there. Again, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts and keep the prayers coming! At 11:53pm on 2/22/20, our next door neighbors, the LaBarriere’s, had a devastatingly life changing fire. Their 18 year old daughter made it out but she has been transported to Crozer burn center in Chester. The 12 year old twins (boy and girl) made it out ok. Sadly, their loving mother and grandmother did not make it out of the fire. The house is a complete loss, therefore the kids and Dad need anything and everything. I am asking for anyone that finds it in their heart to help, to please donate what you can to this cause. I will personally make sure that the money gets to the family and helps them in their time of need. Feel free to drop donations off on my deck at 3129 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601. Size 7 girls shoes Size 10/12 girls clothing Size 8 boys shoes Size 10/12 boys clothing Size Large clothing for Dad Will update this post with size of the 18 year old once I find out. And please, please PRAY so hard for this family. They are completely devastated!
— The below comment just in. The Twitter link is here. —
ANSWER YOUR OWN QUESTION!
You work for the DA’s office now, Brett! There have been huge advances in DNA in the five years since you wrote the above article for LNP (click here to read it). Answer your own question and tell the public if these two women have the same killer! It is absolutely absurd and deeply, deeply disturbing that the DA’s office will not release this basic information to the public.
— Editor’s Note: I took down the video of President Trump but you can view it on YouTube (click here). This man’s stupidity just amazes me and I think his comments about Brad Pitt may cost him the election! 🙂
Pictured left, a headline from today’s front page of LNP’s print edition (click here to read the article online). Hey, DA Spokesman Brett Hambright, why am I blocked from your Twitter account? I’ve never even commented on your Twitter account! Please check back later today.
*** Free on $50,000 bond, Lyons [Jeffrey B. Lyons, Worley & Obetz’s former CEO] was scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 18. From the LNP article, “Ex-CEO of Worley & Obetz pleads guilty to fraud, to pay $55 million restitution,” (click here). Wondering why there was nothing in the news about his sentencing, I spoke with Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiwana Wright today by phone. She saidhis sentencing has been continued at the defense’s request until April 21st at 10:00 am in Reading before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl.
** What Hambright doesn’t state in his press release (and therefore neither does LNP) is that this man was originally given ARD for these crimes by now President Judge David Ashworth. That was withdrawn after he was subsequently charged with rape and this was actually his “re-sentencing” by Judge Howard Knisely. I wrote the below in October of 2019 about this case (the original is here and the link to the LNP article is here):
LNP: A HUGE ERROR
* An Elizabethtown man who is charged with raping a woman last summer must register under Megan’s Law and will be on probation for 15 years for groping two other women three years ago. The opening sentence to the LNP article shown above (click here). This is just wrong and LNP has not corrected their incorrect rewrite of the DA’s press release. When I read 15 years probation I thought to myself that is just ridiculous and a total waste of taxpayer’s money. There are a lot of “strange” things going on with this man and the justice system but according to the DA’s press release and Burke’s docket he will be on probation for two years and he has to register under Megan’s Law for the next 15 years (click here). That is sloppy and unacceptable, LNP!
2-20-20 – UPDATE – To be continued later today.
HOW MUCH DOES
THE PUBLIC PAY HAMBRIGHT?
In April of 2017, I sent a Right To Know request to the county for DA spokesman Brett Hambright’s annual salary. I received the below in response. Please check back later today.
The actual court filing referenced in the LNP article (pictured left and click here to read) is below. I don’t know how LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes found he was arrested for public drunkenness the night before but I’m guessing the police clued him in. It’s good to learn that the Lancaster NAACP President, Blanding Watson, was going to go with him. If you are a regular reader of this site you know I have been critical of him for not doing enough. So this is refreshing to say the least. Can you imagine going into Federal Court and testifying against a police officer?
One of the first things city council did at Tuesday’s meeting was to quickly and quietly approve the nominations of these three people from the February 3 committee meeting agenda: So John Spidaliere is now on the Historical Commission for the next three years. Why? No one knows. Click here for “OH, JOHN!” on this site about his past. Unbelievable. Another “highlight” of the meeting is when Patrick Hopkins addressedcouncil on the below Resolution: Hopkins said all of the properties involved are city owned except for the library and the airport. Why the airport? Because in case there is a snow filled, terrible winter the airport will loan the city their huge snow blowers for free! In light of the current winter, the city might want to take a closer look at that. But the city did post this charming, old-fashioned Valentine’s message on their Facebook page: Have a safe and happy Friday and Valentine’s Day!
LOVE FROM LIP?
Tuesday’s city council meeting will finally be coming later today along with some trial updates. Enjoy Valentine’s Day and please check back later today.
* Just to clarify, the earliest articles I can find about the current troubles of the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home began in January of this year in LNP. The below lawsuit was filed in Federal Court on November 6, 2019.
How much more bizarre and horrific can this story get? The LNP article is here. The “Factual Allegations” portion of the lawsuit is below. WARNING – the language is extremely graphic.
2-13-2020 UPDATE- It appears the city has put up a valid video of Tuesday’s city council meeting so I will watch it and report back later today.
Pictured below are city clerk Bernie Harris beginning the livestream of last night’s city council meeting and on the right is how it appears on the city’s YouTube channel.
The video they have up is worthless. The meeting lasted 35 minutes not 15.29 so over half is missing. The first three minutes of the video are before the meeting begins and the last three minutes are after the meeting ended. And the few minutes that are available are broken and unintelligible.
There will be more tomorrow.
**** According to her updated docket, the two most serious charges against Mackenzie Brant for aggravated assault were changed at her preliminary hearing this afternoon. One was withdrawn and one was changed to a lower charge.
*** Mackenzie Brant, who was arrested and charged on November 24th of last year after celebrating her 25th birthday at Tellus 360, is scheduled to have her preliminary hearing today at 2:00 pm before District Judge Robert A Herman, Jr. She has been out of jail since her arrest after a bail bondsman put up her $150,000 cash bail.
Click here for background and videos of her arrest.
** They managed to livestream today’s Black History Month Flag Raising at noon (click here).
* It is unbelievably ridiculous to me that Lancaster can’t depend on the city to do their job. Much smaller cities around the country have someone on staff who knows how to push the on button for streaming.
They are lying. Pure and simple.
This comment into this site when I published the email from Jess King, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, the last time the city had a fail (click here).
ANOTHER LIVESTREAM FAIL
Yes, it was another livestream fail for city council last night. It was the sound. The sound would be good for four or five seconds and then it would be gone for 10 seconds with the loading circle going around. And every now and again it would switch to the screen at the left above stating the livestream was offline with a picture of I believe clerk Bernie Harris originally trying to turn it on. It was impossible to follow or understand. Please check back later today.
Of course, I agree with this editorial. Release the records and solve this horrific murder. Let’s see if new District Attorney Heather Adams and new President Judge David Ashworth do the right thing. Please check back later today.
In a statement from Worship Center provided by Dustin Leed, director of digital ministry, around 11:30 a.m., the church said, “This morning at approximately 10 a.m., a firearm was accidentally discharged on Worship Center property inside the church’s security office. Two people were injured and one of them was taken to the hospital. There is no threat to public safety, and we are praying for those injured.” From a slightly updated LNP report (click here). It is very disappointing that Dustin Leed has not put out more information on this shocking incident (and as noted this morning, only one person was injured). Leed was a reporter and digital content manager for LNP. He left togo to the Reading Eagle and left there after they declared bankruptcy and were sold. With his years in the news business he should know that the public has a right and a need to know. But his Twitter account, pictured above, remains silent.
Even on the police Facebook page and on other social media outlets there are comments that this may be self-defense. And from the CrimeWatch entry there is this (click here): Off. J. Caple filed a Criminal Complaint against Feliciano-Fontanez, charging her with (1) Count Aggravated Assault (F1). Feliciano-Fontanez was processed on the complaint and held for arraignment. She was later committed to LCP in lieu of $50, 000 bail. “J. Caple” is Jonathan Caple who had a Protection From Abuse order filed against him! He may not be the best officer to determine what happened in this situation and why is he still on the force?
On a much lighter note, the Columbia Spy has wonderful pictures every Monday and you always learn something from them (click here). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: He is one of the best photo journalists in Lancaster County.
SOMETHING WENT VERY WRONG
This was the “Breaking News” all day yesterday on Lancaster Online and of course it turned out luckily that only one person was injured (click here). And the incorrect information came directly from a former LNP reporter – Dustin Leed – pictured above with his celebratory leaving LNP cake. Imagine that! Please check back later today.
What an amazing find and LNP updated their story to give credit to the man who actually found the records (click here): The search was apparently prompted by a Jan. 20 request for the records made by William Buckingham, a York County private detective and former police officer. Of course these records need to be released to the press and public. Solve this murder! Please check back later today.
Well, LNP didn’t tell us about John Spidaliere today, but they did go up with this “BREAKING NEWS” (click here): Hmmm. There will be more to come.
* When I was trying to confirm this was the Spidaliere who was a former Lancaster Newspaper reporter, I sent the article to a friend and received this response:
Thank you VERY much for sending this to me. Over the past few months, John has become quite active with the Lancaster City Democratic Committee. I’ve tried to avoid him, but last month he came up to me and complimented all of us on being so correct about the taxpayer-financed hotel and convention center project. This from a guy who treated me like dirt when he was still a local newspaper reporter. I simply do not trust him.
WTH is going on in Lancaster? Ugly public art from Miami FL, a horny child accoster for the historical commission, an unethical faux news person at council meeting, and defiling Long’s Park with an electronic billboard. You may not publish my thoughts on all of this. This comment in which sums up everything perfectly! It’s just inexplicable isn’t it? There will be more to come…
— Speak of the devil – here it is!**** I am still waiting for Chris Courogen’s reporting for LNP on last night’s city council committee meeting and why they want a billboard in Long’s Park! I will come back to that tomorrow after I listen to the video again with earphones. Something fishy is going on. The video is here.
*** This is the correspondent LNP sent to last night’s city council committee meeting (click here for the article on Chris Courogen).
** According to the York Daily Record, in May Spidaliere made unwanted sexual advances toward a 17-year-old senior at William Penn Senior High School in York, where he worked as an academic consultant for Project GRAD, a program to ensure quality education for students in low-income areas. Spidaliere was terminated from his job as a result of the incident, according to the program’s CEO David Ogden. From the LNP article, “Harassment case results in guilty plea,” (click here).
* This is the actual email John Spidaliere sent me.
John Spidaliere (far right) meets with city council last night and he was first on the night’s agenda (click here).
The first few minutes of last night’s city council committee meeting dealt with the fact that Tim Stuhldreher is no longer with LNP but LNP should have a reporter there as it’s important these meetings are covered. And an LNP correspondent was there and spoke up. And first on the agenda was John Spidaliere’s appointment to the Historical Commission. And the first thing he said was he used to be an LNP reporter. Oh, John! I remember when you sent me an email asking me to not mention that and to take down my post about your legal troubles in York. I don’t take posts down. And for some reason they want to rezone Long’s Park to put in a billboard! I have to re-listen to that long presentation but Patrick Hopkins is involved so you know it’s trouble. And President of Council Ismail Smith Wade-El announced they will be holding an Executive Session later in February to discuss a police disability pension. There will be much more later today.
How quickly things change! LNP reporter Gillian McGoldrick a week-and-a-half ago purported to tell the public why Democratic Chair JoAnn Hentz resigned (click here).
Suddenly today, it all changes and she says Hentz had no choice but to resign and there’s a (gasp!) rift in the party (click here)!
TWO CONFLICTING MEETINGS
The Police Community Working Group is holding a Town Hall meeting tonight from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Masonic Lodge No. 43, 213 W. Chestnut Street. There is also a city council committee meeting tonight from 6 pm to 7 pm. This is interesting scheduling because obviously members of city council cannot attend both.