In July of 2015, I officially began my career at FOX43 WPMT as a reporter. Prior to FOX43, I was a multi-media journalist in DuBois, Pennsylvania and worked for WTAJ News. Pittsburgh is my hometown. I grew up about 12 miles south of the city in Bethel Park. Lancaster County is my second home. I fell in love with this area after attending Millersville University. At Millersville, I studied Speech Communication with a focus in Broadcasting. I am thrilled to be back and look forward to getting to know our viewers! Email me at Follow me on Twitter @LeahMKirstein.

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    Thousands of snow geese migrate to the area early

    STEVENS, Pa. – At the Middle Creek Wildlife Area on the Lancaster and Lebanon County line people can see nearly 70,000 snow geese. According to wildlife experts the geese migrate here every year in search of food. This year, due to the warm temperatures the geese are early. “Warm days brought the tender grass shoots and also brought the snow geese looking for that to feed on,”said Albert Keith from the Wildlife Center. The best time to see the geese […]

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    Boy faces charges for allegedly making cyber threats in Lancaster County

    MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. – In Manheim Township, a young girl informed her dad she was being threatened by a boy through the app, Snapchat. In part the messages demanded she send nude photos or he threatened to rape her. He further went onto threaten her family. Her dad, acting as her, continued talking to the boy and trying to get them to meet. The boy refused. The victim’s dad  ultimately called police. Charges have been filed by the District Attorney. In […]

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    Call for tougher penalties for people convicted of burglaries in Lancaster County

    LANCASTER, Pa. – District Attorney Craig Stedman says sometimes a terrible crime like the double homicide that occurred early Sunday morning on Poplar St. can bring to light other issues. He feels the mandatory sentence for someone convicted of burglary, even without being violent, should be a minimum of five years.  He is calling on lawmakers to write up new legislation to make the change. “It’s been a frustration for me literally for decades waiting for something to change. Hopefully it doesn’t […]

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    ‘It’s horrific’ Neighbors react to double homicide in Lancaster

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Leroy Kinsey,61 and his brother Richard Walton,62 were both killed early on Sunday morning. Police say Joshua Proper,18 and Juan Cristo-Munoz Jr.,19, broke into the men’s Poplar Street home around 1:00am Sunday. The men demanded cash and then allegedly stabbed Kinsey and Walton to death. Both men are in the Lancaster County Prison.

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    Fire and Ice Festival driving more business in downtown Lititz

    LITITZ, Pa. – The Fire and Ice Festival is going on now in Lititz, Lancaster County. The festival offers food, family activities and plenty of ice sculptures. Organizers say more than 40,000 people will attend the four day event. With so many more people in town businesses are anticipating a busy and successful weekend. “It’s busy to say the least. Fire and Ice is a great draw not just for us but for the entire town,” said Brant Dunlap from Bulls […]

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    Warm weather could impact the Lititz Fire and Ice Festival

    LITITZ, Pa. – The twelfth annual Fire and Ice Festival kicks off Friday night in Lititz Springs Park. In years past it has been very cold; this year, on Saturday, it is expected to be spring like. The ice carving crew says the ice will be okay. People are advised to attend sooner rather than later. “The best time to see them are Friday and Saturday. By Sunday/ Monday they will be melting for sure. It’s art and they are […]

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    White privilege is the topic of discussion in Lancaster County

    ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – At Elizabethtown College the College Democrats are asking people to participate in a “Personality Identity Campaign”. Through the campaign people are asked to wear a white puzzle piece pin and ask themselves,” how does race affect my life, directly and indirectly”. The idea is to create a discussion about white privilege.

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    City Council looks to make area around Market safer in Lancaster County

    LANCASTER, Pa. – At Tuesday night’s meeting the Lancaster City Council plans to discuss parking restrictions around Central Market. The restrictions aim to make the area near Market safer for pedestrians.

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    ‘I feel like a part of my husband has returned’ Widow’s missing ring found in Lancaster County

    LANCASTER, Pa. –  For 54 years Edith and John Long were married. When John died, 11 years ago, Edith began wearing his wedding band. “Always. Everyday,” she said. One day she realized the ring had fallen off and was lost. She called places where she had been, but no one found the ring. Then, she got sick. In the meantime, an employee with Executive Coach, a bus company, found the ring between two seats. Stu Metzler, from Executive Coach, and […]