THE KIRCHNER NAME
Below is an email from Coroner Gary Kirchner that includes information on David Rittenhouse, the Deputy Corner running as a Democrat for the Coroner’s position that Kirchner asked to resign.
Some people refer to this as the Coroner’s “blog.” It is not a “blog” in the sense that it is posted on the internet and available to anyone at all times. He sends emails daily and I have requested to be on that list.
There will be much more on this shortly. This is an interesting look into the Coroner’s mind. The typing, grammar and punctuation are as received from Kirchner.
GOOD MORNING WELL SO MUCH FOR LEAVING AT 0500. TOO MUCH ACTIVITY SUNDAY BUT IT WAS FUN. NEVER AWOKE DURING THE NIGHT UNTIL 0455 SO NO CALLS DURING THE NIGHT THREE MORBIDLY OBESE PEOPLE DIED OVER THE WEEKEND. THERE IS A MESSAGE THERE BUT WE ALL HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE NO POSTS FOR TODAY THE NUMBERS 1022 MILLIBARS AND UP A BIT. OUTSIDE 11 DEGREES WITH THE CHILL THE SAME. DEW POINT IS 2. THE AIR IS DRY. WIND A BIT 4-6. RECORD TEMP FOR THIS DATE 70 IN 1938.
MY MANTRA OF “IT’S A FULL TIME JOB” PLAYED YESTERDAY. FORENSICS AND POLITICS. DAVID RITTENHOUSE CALLED ME FRIDAY TO ANNOUNCE HIS POLITICAL PLANS TO OPPOSE ME IN THE ELECTION AS A DEMOCRAT. I WISHED HIM WELL. I ASKED THAT HE GIVE ME A LETTER OF RESIGNATION. HE DID NOT AND THEREFORE DID NOT REMOVE HIMSELF FROM OUR CALL ROSTER. HE TURNED UP AS FIRST CALL ON SUNDAY DOING A DEATH IN LEOLA. I AM SURE THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO OUR GROUP AND PROBABLY NOT ACCEPTABLE TO HIS NEW POLITICAL PARTY. IT TOOK CALLS AND SUBS AND STUFF TO FIX THIS. DAVID HAS HAD A LONG HISTORY OF SCHEDULE MISHAPS. GOOD LUCK DAVID IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH ONE PERSON SCHEDULE???
SURPRISE. WE HAD ONE OF THOSE JARS OF PEANUT BUTTER THAT CAME WITH SALOMELLA ADDED. BETSY SPOTTED IT UNOPENED AND HAD IT BACK TO THE STORE BEFORE I GOT A CHANCE TO CULTURE IT. I DO LOVE PEANUT BUTTER BUT I WISH THEY WOULD SHIP THE SALMONELLA IN A SEPARATE CONTAINER SO WE COULD ADD IT TO TASTE. THE SALMONELLA SPECIES IS INTERESTING. ALL OF YOU WHO ARE OLD ENOUGH REMEMBER THE LANCASTER SALMONELLA IN MILK.
A RETREIVER JUST CAME UP TO ME. WE WILL MISS THOSE DOGS SO MUCH. MOLLY IS GOOD. MEAGAN IS HAPPY SENILE. THE CROW IS HOLLERING AND WE REALLY GOT TO GO IF WE WILL MAKE GEORGIA STAY WELL STAY WARM STAY THE COURSE ROBERT HAS GOOD SCHEDULE POSTED. AS MUCH AS I HATE TO ADMIT IT I WILL NOT BE MISSED. ONE OF OUR FRIENDS AT CHURCH SAID YESTERDAY THAT THE KIRCHNER NAME WAS NOT IN THE NEWSPAPER!! THE AG AND THE DA MAY HAVE HAD SOME RED EARS YESTERDAY I HAVE THE PHONE BUT HOPE IT IS QUIET I HAVE THE BLACKBERRY BUT HATE TO TYPE ON IT I HAVE THE LAPTOP AND ENJOY USING IT BETSY JUST SET THE PILLS IN FRONT OF ME. O.J. NOW. V-8 ON THE ROAD 73 G
WHO FIRED THE DEPUTY?
Please check back later today…
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM DEMOCRATIC CORONER CANDIDATE DAVID RITTENHOUSE
In a courtesy call to Dr. G. Gary Kirchner and out of respect for him as my direct supervisor, I stated to him my intent to pursue Democratic Endorsement for the Row Office of Coroner. He indicated to me at that time he wished me luck and expected to see my resignation on his desk by the end of the week.
I did not send him a letter of resignation. I am refusing to resign my position as Lancaster County Deputy Coroner, as my candidacy in no way effects my ability to perform my functions.
If being a candidate in the race for Coroner has any bearing on ones ability to perform their job functions, should not Dr. Kirchner also resign, as he is also a candidate?
During the time I have been with the Office of the Coroner, I have never had a complaint regarding any of the cases I have handled.
I expect to continue to fulfill my duties as a Deputy Coroner at the time.
DAVID E. RITTENHOUSE
[There will be much more tomorrow including the Coroner's email/blog]
***UPDATE - Rittenhouse has refused to resign. I expect his statement shortly and will post it as soon as it is received. 3:10:36 PM
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
DEPUTY CORONER FIRED?
I have been informed that Coroner Gary Kirchner requested the resignation of Democratic Candidate for Coroner, David Rittenhouse, on Sunday following his Democratic endorsement on Saturday. I contacted the Coroners office today and the woman who answered the phone said Rittenhouse was a deputy coroner but she could not confirm his current employment status. She said Coroner Kirchner is on vacation in Florida and will not return to Lancaster until the beginning of March.
Please stay tuned as we follow this story. The Democratic candidates endorsed on Saturday, including Rittenhouse, are here). (Click on "Candidates.")
~ And Dangerous Liars ~
“A SPECIAL PLACE”
"Lancaster County is a special place," he said, "but Lancaster County is not the place I remember when I was growing up."
If growth isn't handled intelligently, he said, "we will be just like any other suburban bedroom community outside Philadelphia. That's not the Lancaster County I love."
Democratic Commissioner Candidate Craig Lehman quoted in Helen Colwell Adam’s Sunday News article, “Divided Demos endorse Lehman and Henderson,” (click here).
What a hoot! That’s why Lehman supports a convention center! If it were to be successful, which isn’t going to happen (again, click here for the depressing article in the Baltimore Sun, “Convention bookings decline") you’d have the heart of downtown Lancaster full of out-of-towners seeking booze and adult entertainment. Now that’s my idea of a special place!
Tragically, or purposefully, the facade of the Watt & Shand Building may have been destroyed. Click here for Looking At Lancaster and see the photos for yourself.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN!
The vote — 135 for Lehman, 100 for Henderson and 64 for Groff — raised the specter of a split in the campaign and the specter of "bullet" voting — voting for only one candidate when more than one can be selected — both in the May 15 primary and general elections.
Helen Colwell Adams in the same article as above.
Now, I consider myself to be somewhat of an intelligent person – but I don’t understand the “specter of ‘bullet’ voting” – does it involve a gun? Lanco Yokels tries to explain it all with “Number 3, With a Bullet,” (click here) – but I’m still lost.
Yes, Adams can’t find any politicians to name in her articles but, gasp! we have the specter of bullet voting. According to Merriam-Webster Online, “specter”, used twice by Adams in one sentence, means: “something that haunts or perturbs the mind.” Yikes! I’m just damned scared, that’s all I know!
IT’S A VERY BAD PRESS
Henderson has told Democrats that she gets bad press from Lancaster Newspapers, publisher of the Sunday News, because the company is a partner in the private firm developing the hotel that complements the proposed Penn Square convention center.
Helen Colwell Adams in the same article as above.
Which “Democrats” did she tell this to, Helen? Will the hotel “complement” the convention center, Helen? I can’t compliment you on a good article, but everyone knows that Henderson gets bad press from the Lancaster Newspapers. Everyone, Helen.
Remember – all three papers had to print corrections about Henderson and the Grand Jury report - (click here) - including yours, Helen. I seriously hope she sues the Lancaster Newspapers.
CRAP, MAYOR GRAY!
Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, who is also an attorney, said the commissioners must prove Madenspacher's ruling was unreasonable. That will be a hard burden to meet, said Gray, a center supporter.
“Commissioners seek PA. reversal of center decision,” New Era, 2-16-07 (click here).
Ah, yes! The go-to-guy on the convention center “who is also an attorney.” Who knew?
That’s crap, Mayor Gray. Absolute crap. Note this from Judge Madenspacher’s (and your good friend’s) decision:
"The criteria for issuing a permanent injunction are the following: (1) is there a clear right to relief; (2) that an injunction is necessary to avoid an injury that cannot be compensated by damages; and (3) that greater injury will result from refusing rather than granting the relief requested."
From Judge Madenspacher’s opinion. Click here for my full reaction to the Judge’s ruling.
There is no possible way that a greater injury would result from not granting a permanent injunction. It’s about time these Lancaster County Judges got the message that they have to follow the law – not rule in favor of their buddies from the Hamilton Club.
And why didn’t our hard working reporter run to the mayor “who is also an attorney” about the State Grand Jury report? Why didn’t they ask him what he thought about five reporters getting immunity? Why didn’t you ask him what he thought about the reporter’s illegal activities?
Why don’t you ask the Mayor why he can’t plow the streets and yet is trying to snow the public with a $170 million dollar publicly funded white elephant?
Tomorrow – more on Rick Gray, the Pagan and wife-beater, and Brett Lovelace.
~ Buh bye, Brett ~
Go Molly, go!
Yesterday, at 5:53 p.m., when Lancaster Online published the beginning of Helen Colwell Adam’s piece, I sent the following email to Mad-dog Marv Adams, Helen Colwell Adams and copied in Jack Buckwalter with the following quote from her “developing story”:
“But as one county Democrat noted, with the exception of Henderson's vote to sell the county nursing home, Conestoga View, Democrats outside the city aren't angry with the first-term commissioner.”
This is not acceptable - name this Democrat and review the AP Statement of Values on using "unnamed sources."
Tomorrow, I am going to write a story titled, “Demos’ turn to have split,” about Mayor Rick Gray. I will quote “insiders,” “city Democrats,” “party sources” and “political big wigs” who claim that Gray has broken the public trust, divided the party, is a closet misogynist and wife beater, and has sold the voter’s trust to the monopoly newspapers, big business and Gib Armstrong! Wow!
MAIDEN NAME “BUSH?”
What Brett Lovelace has done is FAR more serious than anything that any of the County Commissioners might have done. There IS a double standard at work here.
For that matter, what ANY of the five reporters have done is FAR more serious than anything that the County Commissioners might have done.
Posted by Artie See on Talkback under a poll Ron Harper started asking whether Intell reporter Brett Lovelace should stay or go.
As of 10:30 a.m., the poll was 19 to 2 that Lovelace should go. (I’m guessing the two votes for him are Lovelace and his wife!) This topic also continues to be great fun on the Columbia, PA forum (click here), where a poster has said this:
I think it’s the only possible explanation!
Congratulations to Molly Henderson and please check back tomorrow for what you never knew about Mayor Rick Gray!
Posted on the Columbia PA forum under a thread titled, “Numerous errors on 5thestate,” (click here).
Oh, my! A poster has come on to defend Intell reporter Brett Lovelace and is only making things much worse. Does Brett know you’re doing this? Don’t stop though – this is just good fun – "ridiculous factual errors" – what a hoot!
Posters are also having fun on the Lancaster forum under yesterday’s New Era article, “Commissioners seek Pa. reversal of center decision,” (click here).
One worried poster asks:
….can't we sell it on ebay or something for close to value paid for it, or as much as possible? Also are they still selling the name? I vote Viagra convention center.
Artie See sadly crushes this notion:
Other cities have already been in the same situation. NONE has been able to sell their hotel for even the amount of money that was still owed on the construction bonds. A few cities haven't been able to sell their hotel at all, and are still vacant.
Trying a new approach a poster asks:
I wonder... does the deal include a clause that allows us (the majority owners) to kick PSP out if they do a poor job of running the hotel we built them?
Artie also dashes his hopes as well:
No. The PSP holds all of the cards.
They don’t hold all of the cards, Artie. We have Molly! This just has me too excited about the Democratic endorsement for Commissioner Candidates being held today to write anything more.
Go Molly, go! I can’t wait to read Mad-dog Marv’s column after she is endorsed. So I’ll see you and Mad-dog back here tomorrow! (And check your wife's homework, Marv!)
Go Molly, go!
GO MOLLY, GO!
~ And It’s His Job! ~
It means we always strive to identify all the sources of our information, shielding them with anonymity only when they insist upon it and when they provide vital information – not opinion or speculation; when there is no other way to obtain that information; and when we know the source is knowledgeable and reliable.
The Associated Press Statement of News Values (click here).
Tomorrow, the Democrats will endorse candidates for County Commissioner. I want to come back one more time to Helen Colwell Adam's (wife of editor, “Mad-dog” Marv Adams) piece in the Sunday News this week, “Demos’ turn to have a split,” (click here).
I mentioned this briefly and linked to Lanco Yokel’s excellent piece, “”Sources?” (click here). But her “story” is so despicable and unbelievable I need to return to it.
It is inexcusable and there is not another paper in the country that would print this article. She quotes exactly two people in this “story” - Mayor Rick “Misogynist” Gray and County Chair Bruce Beardsley. That’s it. Here are some key lines and sentences from Ms. Adams:
Democrats say privately that Henderson's re-election bid has split the party.
Name them, Helen.
Insiders, though, say it's not so simple.
Name the “insiders,” Helen.
Party sources say it appears that city Controller Craig Lehman is a solid contender for one of the two commissioner endorsements, based on nose counts.
Name the “party sources,” Helen.
City Democrats are among her most vocal critics…
Name them, Helen. Besides Mayor Rick “Misogynist” Gray, who are these other “City Democrats?”
"Some people out in the county are just fed up with her for other reasons," one Democrat said.
You are using a direct quote and not naming the person, Helen? This is not “vital information,” (see AP Values above). Name this person.
Old-line Democrats tend to be the most upset about Henderson's vote to sell Conestoga View, party sources said.
Name your “party sources,” Helen. This is not “vital information” (see AP Values above). Also name these “old-line Democrats,” Helen.
Some city Democrats are upset about what they see as leadership's stacking the deck in Henderson's favor heading into the convention.
Once again, please name these “city Democrats,” Helen.
"A lot is going to depend on who is there," one Democrat said.
Name this “Democrat,” Helen. This is not “vital information” (see AP Values above).
The city committee is expected to turn out in force on Saturday, and "for an overwhelming majority" of them, a Democrat said, Henderson isn't "their first choice."
This is the next paragraph. It this the same “Democrat” or a different one you are directly quoting? Why isn’t this “Democrat” named? This is not “vital information” (see AP Values above.) This is despicable journalism.
This is the most disgraceful journalism I have ever seen. Again, this article would not be printed by any other newspaper in this country. Can you say, "44% interest in the convention center?"
These are two “Topics of Interest” from Molly Henderson’s home page on her website (click here). Go Molly, Go!
~~ Holding the Hotel/Convention Center proponents’ feet to the fire and protecting taxpayers’ interests
~~ Battling for the people in the struggle with the Republican power brokers and newspaper monopoly for the soul of Lancaster County
You’ve got that right, Molly. Thank you!
Go Molly, Go!
[Note to TOP DAWG (roof, roof or whatever) – when someone posts this about a well known and respected poster, or anyone for that matter – “____ can hammer a nail with her crotch” – you delete it! It’s a personal insult and vulgar and crude. Bow wow!]
Tomorrow the “Rat Pack” – Gray, Armstrong and Cooley!
NOTE: I apologize for the error in the story below. You do not have to be a member of the Columbia forum to read it (click here).
The “Crow” story drew a lot of email. There was this:
I've been following your 'disturbing events' issue and was wondering if it had anything to do with Steve Markle. I am not at all surprised that that was what it was all about. I post on the Lancaster forum under another name and have watched him harass others there.
This man is a convicted criminal and a danger to many people, evidenced by the fact that he is doing all of this while he is on probation. His behavior suggests that either he thinks that the law enforcement community are fools who don't know a hard drive from hard candy OR the guy is a total sociopath and is capable of much worse after his probation ends.
I think sociopath just about sums it up and thank you for writing. And this:
Thanks for info on the CROW - he was doing my head in.
Could never understand what he was trying to do or any of his points.
Ends up he’s a nutter but more important with no brains, just a talent for hacking.
Yes, he’s a nutter alright and I would love a tour of your town if I ever get there. Thank you.
The latest T-shirt idea is “Got Immunity?” and one Talkbacker is actually selling them. It’s too hard for me to find his post so if someone wants to email me the link, I will post it tomorrow.
Ron Harper, Jr. has new stories on www.5thestate.com about Brett Lovelace and the Intell and links to his site that were posted on the Talkback forum were deleted in less than an hour yesterday. This is such a disgrace on so many levels. Lovelace should not be working as a reporter. Maybe the paper’s reputation has fallen so low they can’t hire a replacement. . But he has no business being a reporter and you can’t believe a word he writes.
And now the Talkback forum is not a place you can trust any longer.
An emailer sent this about my Grand Jury story and the eleven recommendations below on this site:
All good but isn't what Lovelace did called BLACKMAIL?
Yes, bribery or blackmail, whichever you prefer, as well as Lovelace being a liar and apparent perjurer.
This email also in on the situation:
I know the reporters were granted immunity from criminal charges, but from an ethical standpoint these reporters were deadly wrong!!!
If the Lancaster Newspaper was a publicly traded company, these reporters and the editor would be gone!!!
I couldn’t agree more. They have no reputation left and they shouldn’t.
Speaking of their 44% interest in the convention center, call Mayor Gray and the three editors of the Lancaster Newspapers and tell them about this story in the Baltimore Sun, “Convention bookings decline,” (click here). How dare they try to put a $170 million dollar publicly funded white elephant in the heart of downtown Lancaster? How dare they?
Please check back tomorrow.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The restaurants and flower stores are not happy today! Oh, well. There’s nothing better than staying in bed and snuggling! That will teach Hallmark and those stupid flower people!
ANY FOOD WILL DO
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the sleet continues and really does knock out the power to “BeingReal’s” house. We will be spared the perfect, goody-goody, kiss-up posts every three minutes of the day and her attention deprived and starving children and husband may actually get some attention and something to eat. Come on sleet! It’s for the kids.
People do not buy bread before a storm for bread pudding! They do not buy it for French toast. Don’t be ridiculous. The reason people buy bread is – drum roll please – grilled cheese sandwiches.
There is nothing better on a day like today than soup and a grilled cheese – or maybe a grilled cheese and bacon, or a grilled cheese and ham, or a grilled cheese and tomato, or a grilled cheese with sausage, or a grilled cheese with hot dogs, or a grilled cheese and hamburger, or a grilled cheese with Lebanon bologna, or a grilled cheese with meatloaf, or a grilled cheese with bacon and tomato, or a grilled cheese with salami, or a grilled cheese with a fried egg, or a grilled cheese with tuna or…
Hey, I’m hungry! Chris, where’s the cheese?
There’s nothing wrong with French toast (if you have syrup).
There’s always toast with jelly.
I love buttered toast.
And that is the reason people buy bread - and don’t forget the cheese!
Well, that was all a big disappointment. It’s back to bed to snuggle with the pooch. A handsome dog he is, too.
Have a great Valentine’s Day. May your day be filled with love and peace.
So much for my stupid headline…I could have sworn I had cheese on the list…
Love is in the air? Nonsense. Sleet is in the air. But that may be a good thing. And I’ll tell you the definitive reason why people buy bread! Wow!
Food for thought is coming later today…
~ “The Crow” ~
Well it’s a snowy day so I will tell part of a wild tale. We are awaiting the Lancaster Police and the District Attorney’s office to make an arrest.
It involves “The Crow,” infamous to posters on the Talkback forum. The Crow is a man named Steve Markle who is 32 and lives in Leola. He is currently on probation for harassment.
Markle started out as a seemingly harmless poster years ago who is very conservative and hates Sunday News columnist Gil Smart. This would appear to be the only thing we have in common, although I don’t hate Smart, I just think he’s a lousy writer who is loose with the facts.
He was banned from the Talkback forum months and months ago and since then keeps resigning up and posting. It’s also been reported that he has been harassing other posters on the forum. He also has a website that I absolutely recommend you do not visit. He basically uses it to spy on people.
About a month ago, I received an email from an unknown address but one that obviously was not spam. It contained a bunch of links about a poster on the Talkback forum. I sent this reply:
I am slow - and can't figure out what you are trying to tell me. Help?
His answer came several days later and I immediately knew it was “The Crow.” I forwarded it to the Lancaster Online staff in case it would help them in their battle to keep him off their forum and so they could alert the poster being targeted.
Several days later, I received another email from the same address with a link to a forum Markle has started and that was also forwarded to the Lancaster Online Staff.
Last Wednesday evening, I received a third email from the same address. It contained a document that surprised me and that I wasn’t expecting. The next morning I contacted the author and the mystery deepened. He had not sent it to me – he had only sent it by email to two other people.
It turns out that Markle had illegally accessed one of those party’s emails and had forwarded it to me.
The District Attorney’s office was notified. Let’s just say the situation and what Markle did later got much worse. So the Lancaster Police and the District Attorney’s office need to make an arrest and seize his computer now. A very serious crime – or many – have been committed.
I will keep you up to date on this story.
Speaking of computers, one quick note about “BeingReal,” (see the box below) - do not follow her links – unless you recognize it as a legitimate newspaper site. I was on two “men’s rights” sites last week (both of which she frequently links to), and one of them tried to install a tool bar (spy-ware) on my computer. Do not follow her links.
Ya know, it isn't like I haven't had this discussion with my husband. He claims that the icing on the wires only happens every couple of years, so it's not worth the cost, etc. Sure, but he's usually at WORK and we have to suck it up here at home in the cold when it happens.
Posted on Talkback yesterday by “BeingReal.”
You really should try to remember what you post from day to day. You moved here around November of 2005, remember? You were new to the area? You didn’t know anything about Lancaster. Remember? This is only your second winter here. Try to keep your facts straight in your posts – it makes it less obvious that you are a lying fraud..
There will be much more on this and forum safety at a later date.
Enjoy the snow and please check back tomorrow.
SLOBBER & LIES
Cecil, you know I'd be there at the grand opening! Heck, I might even apply for a waitressing job just to be able to eat there on a regular basis -- and the hustling around to deliver the orders would keep me from blowing up like a balloon!
Posted by “BeingReal” at 4:56 p.m. today under the article, “Local foodies now finding more to slobber about,” (click here).
Well, that goes down as one of the worst headlines ever. And “BeingReal,” both of your kids must be home from school by now (remember one day both of them were suddenly in school?) And you pick them up, according to you – so how can you have been posting? Why aren’t you cooking dinner and spending quality time with your children? Why aren’t you asking them what happened in school today and playing with them? Why are you posting on an internet forum when you should be spending time with your children? When did you do that work for your part-time, very professional job from home today? Will you really be there at the grand opening?
Please check back later for unbelievable liars and please see the new post below.
~ Blasts Lancaster Newspapers! ~
When an investigating State Grand Jury released its report blasting the Intelligencer Journal in February, it appended 11 recommendations for “administrative action in the public interest.”
Six of those recommendations would require action on the part of Lancaster Newspapers. They deal with strengthening and actually acquainting the editors and reporters with the National Newspaper Association’s Code of Ethics and also integrity, decency and honesty.
The other five recommendations would require action by the District Attorney and the Lancaster Newspapers and deal with improving how taxpayer’s money is spent and procedures for hiring job applicants and enforcing the Code of Ethics, integrity, decency and honesty.
Those eleven recommendations are:
1. Fire the five reporters. They knew what they were doing was illegal and unethical.
2. Fire News Editor Jon Ferguson. He knew what the five reporters were doing and he knew it was illegal and unethical.
3. Fire Editor Ray Shaw. He lied repeatedly in a disgusting front page editorial. If he did not know what the five reporters and Ferguson were doing, he should be fired. If he knew what they were doing, he should be fired.
4. Fire Ernie Schreiber for printing the article this is based on – “Grand jury report on commissioners urges reform” – click here – during the same week the State Grand Jury blasted the Intelligencer Journal. He demostrates a total lack of integrity, decency or honesty.
5. Fire Jack Brubaker, the author of the above article, for an obvious lack of knowledge of one word of the Code of Ethics and for lacking even one ounce of integrity, decency or honesty.
6. Investigate why Totaro had a State Grand Jury investigate the Coroner for over a year and how much this has cost the public.
7. Investigate why five reporters were granted immunity from felonies.
8. Investigate why Totaro had a County Grand Jury investigate a man’s resume for over a year and how much this has cost the public. Investigate Totaro to see why he has had two grand juries in four years and what happened to all the unsolved murders, drugs and racketeering this grand jury was supposed to investigate.
9. Investigate why Brett Lovelace is still covering the Courthouse beat, let alone still an employee of the Lancaster Newspapers, after he tried to bribe the Coroner.
10. Investigate why a 73 year old doctor’s picture was published on the front page of the paper in handcuffs and five reporter’s pictures were not published in handcuffs and all five were granted immunity.
11. Investigate why Brubaker quotes Representative Mike Sturla about ethics and the Sunshine Act when he took an illegal pay raise in the middle of the night, refused to return it and refused to reveal what charities it was supposedly donated to.
Actually, there are many more recommendations I can think of to add to the Grand Jury’s and those will come later. For more disturbing journalism ethics, please click here for Lanco Yokels excellent “Sources?” Isn’t that one of the things "Mad-dog" Marv told us he’d tell us all about when he first became editor – when you use "souces" and why?
Please check back tomorrow. Today I need bread, milk, eggs and the ingredients for a big batch of chili!
~ You Can’t Trust Them! ~
In response to “Mad-dog” Marv Adam’s quote today, (see the box immediately below) I am simply going to reprint two items from my coverage of the Micah Stewart murder trial. (Full coverage of the trial is here). The Lancaster Newspapers think this will go away. It won’t. Next week I will have detailed looks at Brett Lovelace, Coroner Kirchner, the State Attorney General’s investigation and giving five journalists immunity, New Era Editor Ernie Schreiber and what a despicable liar he is and much more.
(I can not go into details on the disturbing events of this week. Hopefully next week all will be revealed.)
"He hesitated for about 30 seconds before saying, 'The (expletive) got what she deserved,' " she recalled.
“Stewart lawyer: Proof is missing,” New Era, 12-12-06 (click here).
Do you know that neither paper used the word “bitch” in their articles? This is what ADA Hackman refers to as the “piece de resistance” in this case and neither paper prints the word bitch or even indicates the letter the word starts with - leaving some to assume it may have been a “worse” word.
Of course, Cindy Stauffer, wouldn’t know. She wasn’t there. She took this directly from the Intell coverage – quote and all.
This is terrible reporting and journalism. There is absolutely no excuse for this.
LNP is breaking all journalistic code the way they "steal" from each other. They should be quoting "Intelligencer" or "Lancaster New Era" instead of pretending they wrote it.
I know that one of the papers got sued because they quoted the other without attribution and therefore got drug into the suit!
This is an email I published during the trial and my response is below.
It is disgraceful. The New Era reporter would only be in the courtroom for an hour and fifteen minutes every day. Then they would use the Intell article from the day before word for word including quotes as if they were there. It is absolutely unethical. All the information readers got came from one Intell reporter who often has a problem with the facts.
I am going to write a piece about what the Lancaster Newspapers never reported in this trial – and what they reported incorrectly.
Although each of the three newspapers that make up Lancaster Newspapers Inc. operates independently, many readers don't see the competitive nature among us, and the drive to report the news first.
“Mad-dog” Marv Adams in today’s Sunday News column, “Making our own headlines.”
WHAT A HELL OF A WEEK TOPPED OFF BY LANCASTER’S BIGGEST LIE!
PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER TODAY…
Due to more disturbing events, LIP News
will not publish today.
Please check back tomorrow. Thank you.
This is a press release by Justin Quinn, a former Intell reporter who testified before the State Grand Jury in their investigation into Coroner Gary Kirchner.
Statement from Former Intelligencer Journal Reporter
Justin Quinn regarding “PasswordGate”
During my six years as a reporter for the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, I often disagreed with my editors regarding the choices they made when it came to covering the news. It was my opinion that in most cases they were too cautious and non-aggressive in their approach to particular news events and happenings and I was often bewildered by their omission of the critical details I had included in stories. In some cases the editors simply refused to present all sides of a given subject or event and in the occasional rare case, they failed even to make the most minor spelling errors or corrections when I made them aware of them. It was my opinion that the news in Lancaster County suffered because of the laziness of some of the Intell’s editors - not all of them (many are hard working people who are rarely recognized for their excellence) - and that the public was often vastly misinformed or simply obstructed from viewing pertinent information.
For these reasons, I cannot understand why the Intelligencer Journal would now try to excuse unethical behavior by saying that repeatedly accessing a confidential law enforcement website (and ignoring two pages of legal warnings) was simply “a routine reportorial tool.” In my opinion, the essence of the Intel’s editorial is not consistent with its pattern of caution in other areas of news reporting.
I was unaware of the unethical activities of the five reporters named in the grand jury report until well after their access to the website had been shut down. I also believe most of the reporters outside this small group were also unaware of their behavior. This is important because if this activity had been thought by newspaper editors, not as “abuse,” but as “authorized” access, why then would it have been such a tightly held secret? Why wouldn’t each of the Intel’s reporters have been given the coroner’s username and password as part of the staff’s general list of resources? Not only did Brett, Paula, P.J., Madelyn and Carrie keep their access to the site a secret from the public and most law enforcement officials, they also kept it a secret from the rest of the news staff. To me, this shows clear and convincing evidence that the parties involved KNEW they were violating the law, breaching company policy and acting outside ethical journalistic standards.
When Brett informed me that he and other reporters were accessing this website, I initially believed it was no big deal. This was because Brett downplayed the gravity of the situation and said the information contained therein simply validated what his “sources” had already given him. Because of what Brett told me, I also believed the AG was overreacting. He failed to illustrate to me the scope of the information he and the other reporters had access to. More than anything else, though, I considered Brett a friend, and I wanted to believe him.
That friendship was shattered when I learned - on the witness stand before the grand jury - that Brett had used to his advantage what was to me, at the time, a very frustrating situation. The “concessions” Brett refers to in his e-mail were not made by me - they were made by the editors I mentioned above against my will. In fact, I had a full on-the-record interview with the coroner right after he filed his lawsuit against the city and county medical societies. This was in the summer of 2004. Intell Editor Jon Ferguson wouldn’t allow me write the article, preferring instead to wait until after the case was settled and resolved. When the case was finally settled, Ferguson refused to use the interview in the story that was written because Kirchner had asked me not to - and had even threatened to cut off communication with us. I can only assume that Ferguson acquiesced to the coroner’s wishes because he did not wish to compromise in any way the open access that his newspaper - and his newspaper alone - enjoyed. It is true that the coroner never said he had given his username and password to the Intel alone - but it was certainly implied.
That makes this statement from the Intel ridiculous: “There was no agreement of confidentiality with Kirchner in this matter and, indeed, the Intell had no knowledge whether Kirchner had provided the password to other news media.”
Under an anonymous pseudonym, I accessed LancasterOnline.com and posted several statements that wrongly admonished Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro and the Lancaster New Era for their roles in publicizing the activities of my fellow reporters. It was for these anonymous statements - and these statements alone - that I was fired. I can see now that my commentary was misguided, and I have apologized both to Totaro and to New Era Editor Ernie Schreiber for my comments. I offer them my apologies once again.
For many months after my termination, I was forced to keep silent on this subject because of the pending legal action from the AG’s office. Although I believe Kirchner was wrong to have given his password to reporters, the reporters were wrong to accept it and even more wrong to trying to bully the coroner into giving them a new one. It is the equivalent of receiving the keys to a locked room of confidential files. Even with permission, a good reporter knows not to cross that threshold without a very good reason and certainly not as “a routine reportorial tool.” As I told the grand jury, “The first thing I would have done would have been to make sure the coroner knew I was using his password. The next thing I would have done would have been to tell my editor the situation to see if using it was OK. Even then, I probably still wouldn’t have used it.”
One of the mantras I applied both to my own professional conduct and to those who found their way into my stories, was “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.”
I have had several offers to re-enter the newspaper business since my firing. Luckily, many of my colleagues at other newspapers can see my termination for what it was. Nevertheless, I find the prospect of once again becoming a reporter to be very distasteful. This experience left me without a purpose in my life for a very long time. I started my own business, HeadlineConsultants.com mainly because I never again want to be treated the way I was by my employer at the Intell. I am happy to finally have closure on this issue, and hopefully, newspapers everywhere will take extra care when they are given unrestricted access to sensitive information, and that they will justify their actions before they take them.
I also certainly hope Lancaster Newspapers uses this opportunity to rethink the way it goes about gathering news and to perhaps shuffle its players to ensure the most ethical reporters and editors are the guardians of the process. Perhaps those editors who so often go unrecognized for their excellent abilities will finally get their due. For Intell readers, it is their only hope.
NOTE: A very strange and disturbing event has occurred and today’s post may be delayed. Please check back this afternoon. Thank you. 10:30 a.m.
LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES…
AND JUSTIN QUINN SPEAKS!!!
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