AREN'T WE LUCKY? (NO)
"Gambling crackdown: DA's office leads raid on five county businesses, detectives seize 21 illegal gaming machines" by Larry Alexander, Intell, 2-23-05
"No criminal charges have been filed, Landis [Michael Landis, chief of the Lancaster County detectives] said, but the investigation is ongoing. Landis said police are most interested in finding the distributor of the machines."
"The Friday raids ended an eight-week investigation ..."
"'In one case, we had a bar owner call us to say he had been approached by a distributor who told him the machines are legal,' said Michael Landis, chief of the county detectives."
"During the investigation, led by county detective Donald Snyder with the assistance of police from Lancaster City, Ephrata, West Earl and East and West Lampeter Townships, officers visited each establishment and played the games."
This was an eight week investigation that netted 21 machines from three gas stations and two bowling alleys. Apparently, they still haven't found the distributor(s) even though what began the investigation, according to Landis, was a call from a bar owner about a distributor. Why didn't they ask the bar owner who the distributor was?
What was the point of these raids? How much money was spent on this eight week investigation to find five locations? Not even "difficult" locations, for heaven's sake. How much did it cost the Townships who assisted the Lancaster County Detectives?
Is this public money well spent? Five locations required an eight week investigation and they still couldn't find the distributor(s) of the machines?
Why didn't the Intell ask any questions? They ran this as a great detective piece when no one was charged and the distributor(s) not found after an eight week investigation.
Who is holding these detectives accountable? Why wasn't their boss, Lancaster District Attorney Donald Totaro asked about the cost of this operation? Don't they have something more important they could be doing, like solving the Cortney Fry murder? They have had fifty days since her body was found and the autopsy done to investigate and charge someone with murder. Why haven't we had any updates in the Lancaster Newspapers on this story? How many suspects are there? How many enemies did she have?
HOLD THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND THE DETECTIVES ACCOUNTABLE. DEMAND ANSWERS. WE PAY THE POLICE TO PROTECT US. More to follow.