LANCASTER COUNTY: The LIES of DA Craig Stedman & the Mysterious Death of Andrew Good

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Was Good Wearing Leg Shackles Or Not? And In The End, Does That Question Even Matter?

Andrew Good’s family is reeling in Lancaster County, and they are demanding answers.

When Good was last seen alive he shackled at the arms, feet and waist. Maybe? By some accounts, depending on who you believe. The story varies drastically and suspiciously. The officer can’t even remember where she parked the transport van. The whole thing stinks. At least one person is lying, and I bet it’s District Attorney Craig Stedman, craftily trying to maneuver the county from any potential liability in a wrongful death civil lawsuit.

How did he end up face down and dead in a muddy bitter cold early spring creek. Lancaster prison is tight lipped about it. Moreover, if this was inmate on inmate violence, why was he shackled?

Lancaster prison officials are doing their round of public relations. Their claim? This man died – Andrew Good died – during an attempt to escape from a deputy.

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Andrew Good

Something about all those Lancaster PR efforts smells pretty fishy to me.

This incident proceeded an arrest earlier, by a few days, there was another incident involving a physical assault – during an arrest – on Andrew Good, wherein he was sent to the hospital on April 14th, 2017, to be treated for the injuries he sustained when five cops tackled and tazed him.

Good, a 24 year old man caught in the throes of addiction, had (by reports) “escaped” from a female deputy, while she escorted him alone through the Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was in chains at the time of his escape but according to some only his wrists were bound. According to others his feet were chained. According to the nine law enforcement officers, two canines and fire department officials who found his dead body? Well they can’t remember. Neither can the female officer escorting him. It sounds like a case of Lancaster County trying to avert any civil liability for a wrongful death case.

Good had been treating for the injuries he sustained during a five-officer arrest in the vicinity of his Mom’s house. He was wanted for non-violent offenses, all pertaining to drugs. Specifically, he was wanted this time around for escaping a court ordered rehab facility, which he reported was packed full of the same drugs he was trying to quit, and addicts delving them out. Good was unarmed when they arrested him, but still needed hospitalization due to the injuries he sustained during the arrest.

Shortly after his “escape” he was found face down in a dirty creek surrounding the hospital. He was purportedly found alone by the officer who allowed his “escape.”

But that’s another question entirely.

A couple of stitches and an MRI checking for head injury during an arrest utilizing “excessive force” is one thing. Turning up face down in muddy creek while under “supervision” of Lancaster Corrections Department is an entirely different story. In one instance Good got a little beat up by overzealous cops; in another instance he winds up face down in sewage drainage water, shackled at least by the wrists, just outside prison property.

Andrew Good ended up in the Lancaster prison system, far, far away from his hometown in Akron, Ohio because he failed to complete ARD, a court-mandated drug treatment program. His parole was revoked because he didn’t complete his court-mandated drug treatment program. CITATION

It is not what the Lancaster Department of corrections is saying that bothers the family of the decedent, it’s more what they are not saying.

According to locals, the creek could be twelve feet deep in places, but you would have to wonder down into the depths of those frigid, murky waters in order to get to 12 feet. Furthermore the current does not sweep one away quickly. It’s a stream, or a rook, the waters trickle slowly. These are not ocean waves we are talking about.

  • Authorities aren’t providing many answers for now. Officials from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office did not return calls for comment and the Ephrata police chief referred inquiries to the Lancaster District Attorney’s office. CITATION
The Lancaster DA’s office is HUGE. 28 ADA huge. Probably overly funded, overly egotized
and with a notoriously “tough on crime” lead elected District Attorney who is republican and could give a cow’s sh#t as to unnecessary use of force or law enforcement brutality.
To put it very very mildly, Craig Stedman’s relationship with law enforcement has been incestuous at best and pervertedly corrupt at worst. The faith I have in him to conduct a fair investigation pretty much equates to the faith I have in the Boston Red Sox to win another world series in the next 50 years.
Like most District Attorneys from rural towns, he is reliant on police. His investigation into the death of Andrew Good will likely result a terse order that goes something like this “Will one of you guys find proof he died of an accidental drowning so we can get this media circus off my back about Andrew Good and turn it back onto what an amazing job I am doing?”
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Lancaster DA Craig Stedman

I would be remiss not to point out a letter from a fellow internet blogger who also is suspect of Stedman’s underpants relationship with police: If there is anything that I want you to understand before you hear your first case, it is just this, just because a policeman, detective, for that matter testifies under oath that a person has committed a crime, it does in no way support the truth of a person’s guilt or innocence. THIS IS WHAT KATHLEEN KANE WAS TRYING TO REFORM IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. The fact that there is no separation in the judicial system between law enforcement – the judiciary – and the prosecution. That is why I believe the Commonwealth is one of the most corrupt in this country. We are all victim to the information that we peruse and study to guide us to conclusions. – Stan J. Caterbone, Pro Se Litigant

So now Stedman is “investigating” the death of a non-violent drug-addicted 23 year old. In that small town of Lancaster, prosecuting a cop or corrections officer, or any member of law enforcement, would be political suicide.

Or would it?

Perhaps people like Stan do represent the voices of the People as a singular individual in a whole crowd. Perhaps he was voicing a premonition or a lingering fear he had developed from a pattern of corrupt republican Lancaster District Attorneys preceding Mr. Stedman.

In towns where corrupt district attorneys run the show, the cops are the first to get the inside scoop. They appear in court. They work cases. And it is within these small towns, that lack political candidates with fire for justice, that the fraternal order of police have the power to make or break a candidate for election.

The day that this female officer is charged with anything will be the day hell freezes over. I’d like to ask someone whose been shackled before, because I myself have never been, how fast can you run?

Do you think you could out run a female officer? Were the clothes of that female officer wet with muddy creek water as she dove in, attempting to save a drowning man? Brett Hambright, an office spokesman, said they have no indication of any crimes so far. CITATION

So how is it a crime per say when an inmate assaults a guard, or when an inmate assaults an inmate, but not a crime when a guard assaults an inmate? Watch Dateline NBC and you will discover this is no unusual occurrence.

On that matter, isn’t it the right of an inmate to be provided with safe confinement and reasonable access to medical care? Clearly a drug addict at 23 years old, with some severe mental deficiencies, the medical care walking outside of the hospital as inadequate if that was indeed a “suicide.” Clearly the safe confinement was unsafe if the female officer turned around for five seconds to update her Facebook status or take a selfie in the middle of the day, and the inmate somehow wondered off. But worst case scenario, what if this drug addict was a huge pain in the ass, and she got fed up and held his shackled @ss underwater? Nobody is going to investigate that, he was a 23 year old loser and she is an officer of the law. No demerits, no desk duty, she is scott-free. It will be a running joke in the break room, and her fellow officers will hallow her with praise: “Good riddance to that scum, hell I would have done it myself had that motherf#cker started to bolt on my watch.”

Adding to the further shadiness, it appears that Stedman’s office can’t keep his facts straight:

  • Hambright said Good was wearing a waist chain with handcuffs but would not confirm whether Good was wearing shackles around his ankles. Good’s mother, however, told PennLive that she was told by law enforcement officials that her son was wearing shackles. CITATION

Hambright said Good was wearing a waist chain but could not remember if Good was wearing foot shackles? Either you shackled his feet or you did not. Were you supervising ten inmates that day or just one? Was there another officer with you? No. So could someone else shackle his feet? I think not. If his feet were unshackled do you you think he actually could have swam? That would likely be the case. His feet were shackled. She was on her cell phone. She attempted to chase after him and regain custody, and during the fight he drowned.

What a mess she made for Stedman’s reputation?!!!

And if – and that is big IF (giving Hambright the real benefit of the doubt) she actually didn’t shackle his feet then she is dumber than we all thought, because Good was a known escape artist.

Good, according to Penn Live, had escaped at least four times from police in prior instances.

  • FIRST TIME HE FLED: Good’s ultimately fatal escape attempt was the fourth time within a year that he had evaded or fled from police. Last June, Good was stopped in the 1200 block of Reading Road because his vehicle “suddenly left” a secluded part of a convenience store parking lot with a propensity for drug activity, according to a police report. Good allegedly gave his brother’s name to the officer who pulled him over to avoid being arrested for an outstanding parole violation. He had not finished his court-mandated drug treatment program. After Good left, the officer discovered that it was Good who was driving the car. Good was then charged with driving while suspended and presenting false identification to law enforcement.
  • SECOND TIME HE FLED: In July, police looking for Good spotted him driving near his father’s home in the first block of South Line Road. The officer tried to stop Good’s vehicle, but he fled. Good crashed his vehicle on Swamp Bridge Road and fled into a wooded area, where he eluded officers. CITATION
  • THIRD TIME HE FLED: At this point, Good was wanted not only for not finishing his court-mandated drug treatment program, but for the new crimes accrued while fleeing from police. The sergeant wrote in his report that he recognized Good “who has been known to him for over 15 years.”The sergeant approached Good in the nearby driveway to the hospital, identified himself and asked for Good’s identification. Good said he didn’t have any. The sergeant removed Good’s hat and sunglasses and said he was under arrest. As the sergeant tried to handcuff Good, Good complained it was too tight and pulled away. Good then “pushed” at the sergeant “to break away, according to court records. The sergeant kept his grip on the handcuff that was on Good’s wrist, but Good backed away and “began to thrash his arms” as they both fell down a small embankment. CITATION

The jail environment provided no suboxone or other medical intervention for his disease. The Court Ordered Rehabs were scums of public housing, mini prisons, where “drugs were widely available” and the housing conditions were primitive, and treatment by qualified medical physicians were far and few between. This is not Malibu Rehab where Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan attended, this is a little piece of hell. The system failed Andrew Good, and the system kept on failing Andrew Good.

I am certain of one thing – that Stedman will never get through his thick backwoods skull – that jail doesn’t cure addiction.

  • He initially went into the court-ordered rehab, according to his cousin, Jessica Bair. But he told her that drugs were widely available in the center and he couldn’t stand it there. CITATION

In treatment, surrounded by “widely available” drugs and addicts fresh out of jail, and with little access to medical doctors, Good lost hope. Kristi Good, according to Penn live, said he left the center because he missed his family from his stint behind bars. CITATION

If addiction is isolation and the pursuit of escape, the opposite of addiction is socialization. The opposite of addiction is companionship. Good left the drug infused center to seek out his mother, and she welcomed him back home. He was fighting.

  • Either way, his disappearing act [from court ordered rehab] caused his probation officer to violate his parole again. And officers again began searching for Good. A group of officers assembled near Good’s mother’s house in the first block of North 9th Street in Akron about 4:30 p.m. April 14. CITATION

He was purportedly clean and sober at this point. He was not selling drugs, nor committing any crimes according to his family. Stedman refuses to provide any details of the arrest, but we do know that the arrest was extremely physical. Why do we know that? Because they do admit to using a stun gun on him. Because the injuries that Good sustained caused authorities to send him to the ER, where he would ultimately escape after discharge and end up face down in a filthy creek.

  • Dispatch records showed officers transported Good to the hospital just before 5 p.m. When Good was ready to be discharged from the hospital, a Lancaster County deputy was summoned to take him to jail. The deputy arrived at 7:12 p.m., according to dispatch records. CITATION
  • At 7:47 p.m., additional officers were requested to the scene to help with the escape. Two Ephrata police cars arrived two minutes later. Two Ephrata police officers removed their gear and entered the creek, according to Hambright. Two other Ephrata police officers stationed downstream, removed gear, and prepared to enter the water if Good was visible in that section of water, Hambright said. Two police dogs and their handlers arrived at 8:09 p.m. A water rescue team from Pioneer Fire Company, along with other fire companies, also arrived and deployed boats. Ephrata police officers assisted in those boats, Hambright said. CITATION

Finally, at close to 9:30 pm, Good was found face down in the creek by all these members of law enforcement, none who can seem to remember if his dead body was shackled by the feet.

According to his family, Good had always struggled. They were a middle class, struggling family, but Good had other disorders that had gone untreated and likely contributed to his early battles with drug addiction: Good struggled in school and didn’t graduate from high school. He suffered from anxiety and bipolar disorder and may have turned to illegal drugs to self-medicate, friends said. His mother would not allow him to come home “high” so he often would look for other places to stay.CITATION

Good had a prior criminal history, none of it was violent. Good burglarized a vacant building and stole plumbing pipes from someone’s lawn to sell as scrap metal to get drugs. The scuffle with the officer last year resulted in misdemeanor convictions for simple assault and resisting arrest, CITATION but that small exchange was the only “violent” (to use that word very loosely) account of Good’s actions in his very very short adult life.

His repeated parole violations kept him under extended supervision, CITATION yet despite his diminished mental capacity that was likely fueling his patterns of addiction, none of this “supervision” entailed regular visits with a medical doctor who likely could have given him the footing to get out of addiction, and according to his family that is what he wanted and that is what he was working towards. Good had many problems: he could never find a job after not finishing high school, he had a proclivity to succumb to peer pressure and run with the wrong crowd.

  • “He really never had the chance for the life he should have had,” she [his mother] said. Good was known to relatives for his kindness and the way he connected with children in the family. “He’s not a bad kid,” his mother, Kristi Good said. “The police were after him for leaving rehab a little early. That’s it. He had a heart of gold. What happened should have never happened.” CITATION
Meanwhile the family, particularly Good’s mother, remains distraught over the loss of their loved one. They held a memorial service because they didn’t have the money for a funeral.  A surprising number of people showed up for Good’s memorial, many of them old friends, many of them family or neighbors or supporters, many of them in the throes of drug addiction themselves. Many also suffering from the same disease Good ultimately died from whether by suicide, homicide or accidental drowning.
We are left with questions after his death. What if Good had been provided the resources, whether through financial means or prison provisions, including an addiction specialist and doctor? What if he had been sent to a responsible, non-drug infested rehab? What if he had been given the tender loving care to come out of the isolating world of addiction? Perhaps this kid would have survived.
  • “That’s why nothing about this makes sense to me,” she said. Relatives staged a memorial service Thursday to grieve together and share kind words about Good. The family couldn’t afford a funeral, Bair said. “We knew he had some issues, but this really came out of nowhere,” Bair said. “We don’t have the answers yet to even deal with this situation.” CITATION

I look at Good’s photograph, and I see another life lost to heroin addiction and yet another youngster broken and failed by a corrupt and broken jail system.

Inmates in the United States do have rights:

(a)In General.—The Bureau of Prisons, under the direction of the Attorney General, shall—

(1)

have charge of the management and regulation of all Federal penal and correctional institutions;

(2)

provide suitable quarters and provide for the safekeeping, medical care, and subsistence of all persons charged with or convicted of offenses against the United States, or held as witnesses or otherwise;

(3)

provide for the protection, instruction, and discipline of all persons charged with or convicted of offenses against the United States;

(4)

provide technical assistance to State, tribal, and local governments in the improvement of their correctional systems;
The above are federal laws that pertain to inmate rights in the United States. Under item two note the red font specifically referring to “medical care.” If the FDA declared opioid addiction, or alcohol addiction, a “disease,” then why is adequate medical care for this preeminent condition not freely being offered? Medical care does not encompass AA, NA groups, or counseling. Medical care involves treatment by a medical doctor, a physician who can treat comorbid disorders, such as the bipolar disorder Good had, and a physician who can prescribe life saving drugs like suboxone (while in prison) to wean people off of heroin.
It is mindblowing to me that in this day and age we are arresting people who are attempting to smuggle suboxone into prison complexes. The solution is not to “smuggle” in a drug that weans people off of a heroin addiction, but the solution is to freely prescribe it, and to adhere to the inmates bill of rights by providing adequate medical care. Adequate medical care includes treating cormorbid psychological problems, such as Good’s bipolar disorder.
The Nancy Grace crowd reading this blog, will likely screech “they did the drugs, let them suffer, why should we pay for their medical care? I don’t even have medical care.”
The reason we pay for medical care or mental health care administered by medical physicians to inmates is because they are the ones who are likely most in need, otherwise they would not be where they are. The reason we pay for care is so that people – scratch that – so kids like Andrew Good can get on their feet, and have the biological tools to do it.
If you have diabetes, you treat it with insulin. If you have cancer, you get chemo. If you’re addicted to heroin, you get suboxone, and you treat the underlying disorder – the spiritual disconnect – that got you there in the first place.
And what is more expensive than cycling addicts through prison without rendering them adequate medical care under the inmate’s bill of rights? What is more expensive than that is we set them loose and they return again.
Or worse, we set them loose after no medical intervention, and they “go back out” and overdose the day of their release. There are statistics on this.
The entire prison system needs an overhaul. We are the most over-incarcerated first world country in the entire world. Saudi Arabia and Russia have smaller inmate populations than America.
Clearly we have tried for years to “jail our way” out of the drug problem. The Clinton’s really started the damage, Bill and Hillary stood behind the “three strikes and you’re out” law. As a result, non-violent offenders caught with weed face lifetime prison sentences, a problem Obama tried to amend.
Jeff Sessions wants to institute the death penalty now for drug dealers that sell drugs that result in overdoses. I wonder privately if he is hopped up on pain killers himself, because he slurs his words and hardly makes a lick of sense half the time. Either that or he is so far removed from the reality of American life, that he has no business being in politics in the first place.
I look at Andrew Good’s picture, and I see a wasted life, which could have been prevented had the system been effective. Andrew Good is just one more example of how broken this system truly is, and how backwards our American thinking is.
Non-violent drug offenders don’t need jail, they need doctors. Some more practical progressives are starting to see this. Take a look at Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, for instance.
People like Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman are from the stone ages. Their sentencing practices are defective and draconian, their attitudes are ignorant, racist, out of touch with reality and they walk about like they are still living in the Reagan era.
I truly hope that Andrew Good’s family sues District Attorney Craig Stedman, the Lancaster District Attorneys office, the Lancaster County Prison System, and that shithole drug infested court ordered rehab facility some idiotic Judge sent Good to for “treatment.” Whether he was shackled or not, he received inadequate medical care and he was inadequately supervised, two FACTS that resulted in the death of this 23 year old.
And my heart grieves for the Good family, as that life was senselessly lost too soon.

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