BRETT, WHAT HAVE
YOU BEEN DOING?
Who at the Intell was allegedly illegally accessing the county’s website?
My guess is reporter Brett Lovelace.
[Question - if a reporter at the Intell was illegally accessing all of this sensitive material on the county’s website, why didn’t they have better stories?]
The State Attorney General’s investigation into Lancaster County Coroner G. Gary Kirchner is turning into a downright hoot. This is every reporter’s dream! A bunch of arrogant “public servants” making a mountain out of a molehill and wasting taxpayer’s time and money on a grand scale. It rarely gets better than this.
And the really big question is why are they focusing on the coroner and not the Intell? Lancaster District Attorney Donald Totaro is alleging that somehow an Intell reporter got the coroner’s password and then repeatedly went onto a restricted portion of the county website despite warnings on the site that read, “Unauthorized access or use of this computer system will subject violators to criminal, civil, and/or administrative action.” So why haven’t the state agents seized the Intell computer? Why isn’t the Intell the subject of investigation?
WOMAN FOUND DEAD
Whoever was allegedly accessing the website at the Intell certainly didn’t try very hard to hide it. The opening sentence in yesterday’s New Era article, “Inside Pa. probe of coroner” (click here) is this, “It started with a short story in the morning paper last August concerning the death of a woman found by her landlord inside a city apartment.” In the archives it is indeed a very, very short article published on August 22 and titled, “Woman found dead in city apartment.” There is no reporter’s byline. Twice in the article it states the information came from the Lancaster County Communications website (www.lcwc.co.lancaster.pa.us). What may have caught someone’s attention is the story says “the owner found the woman naked,” which may not have been “publicly” known. The New Era article goes on to quote Totaro saying that someone went onto the restricted site “on numerous occasions” from a computer that was traced back to Lancaster Newspapers. So why isn’t the Intell being investigated?
Why do I think it was Brett Lovelace? Because he covered the Cortney Fry murder case. It has long been rumored that Totaro was very upset that information about the condition of her remains, such as her body having been burned, were made public.
I will have more on this aspect of the story soon and I will also look at a recent Lovelace article where he states Fry’s body was burned using gasoline. Where did he get that information?
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
In a related story, Ron Harper of www.5thestate.com has new information about the coroner on his website today. I find two of the items to be frivolous. The installation of a “cell phone tower” on his house may or may not be worthy of investigation. It seems to me the producer of the Maury Povich show (see her letter on his site) is the one who is twisted and as to the gift shop, if the LA coroner can do it, why not Kirchner?
PLEASE DON’T SEND ME TO JAIL!
In another related and incredibly ironic story, please click here to go to the State Attorney General’s “media room” on his website. It states, “This area is for Press and Media only,” and requires a user name and password! What in the world could be on there? Why can’t the general public view the page? Yes, of course, I sent my request for “media access.” I haven’t heard back yet and I will keep you informed! Do you think if I give my user name and password to a friend that I could be investigated by a state investigating grand jury and be charged with a crime and be found guilty and be sent to jail? What if I had it on a “post-it-note” stuck to my computer and my friend “stole” it without my knowledge? What if I tell you what’s in the “media room?” I think I’ll call the State Attorney General’s Office and ask. Yikes! Stay tuned...
PLEASE CHECK BACK TOMORROW. IT RARELY GETS BETTER THAN THIS!