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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    Furloughed employees rally in Harrisburg and Lancaster; Give advice to people struggling to get help with unemployment benefits

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Furloughed employees from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry gathered at multiple CareerLink Centers to hold rallies Thursday. The employees say because they were furloughed, when the Senate refused to approve a bill that would have provided funding for their positions, people who need unemployment benefits are not being served. The employees say people are waiting for hours on the phone or getting a busy signal. They gathered at CareerLink Centers since they have a direct line people can […]

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    Lancaster County Drug Task Force expands

    LANCASTER, Pa. – For the first time, the Ephrata and Elizabethtown Police Departments will have a detective on the Lancaster Drug Task Force. The Task Force is a team of detectives that conduct proactive investigations with informants and surveillance tactics. The Task Force will also receive additional funding. Funding comes from multiple sources including the State Attorney General and forfeiture money. “When we arrest drug dealers and we  can take the profits that they have gained from drug dealing we […]

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    Death Cafe coming to Lancaster County

    MANHEIM TWP., Pa. – At the Manheim Township Library on Saturday from 1:00-3:00pm there will be a death cafe. It is a pop up cafe aimed at giving people a place to discuss death. The idea was started by a British web designer a few years ago and has spread across the world. It is the third time a death cafe has been held in Lancaster. According to the library: At a Death Cafe people gather to eat cake and […]

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    ‘For kids to grow up without their father, that’s uncalled for’ Dad dies in York homicide

    YORK, Pa. – Police are investigating a crash turned murder  in York. The York County coroner says Sunday night around 9:00pm, Ryan Small,22, crashed his car along W. Princess St. When crews responded to the scene they realized Small had two gunshot wounds in his stomach. He died at the hospital. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Police are still investigating where the shooting occurred. Small’s friends say he has two young children and one on the way. […]

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    Police ask for help to solve mystery of Philadelphia man’s burning body found in York County

    WEST MANCHESTER TWP., Pa. – Juan Acevedo DeJesus was murdered according to West Manchester Township Police. His body was found burning along Hokes Mill Rd. around 4:45am January 5th. Police say he died from multiple gunshot wounds. “We don’t know why Juan Acevedo DeJesus was in York. We don’t know how he got to York. We do know that he had no contacts in York, no family and no friends. So, this remains a mystery,” said Det. Sgt. Jeff Snell, West Manchester […]

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    Crimes against first responders could be a hate crime in Pennsylvania

    LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.- Committing a crime against a first responder could become a hate crime in Pennsylvania. Republican Representative David Zimmerman has introduced the bill. “If it’s clearly proven that it’s a hate crime and there’s these added penalties then surely people are watching what is going on and I believe it would actually help have individuals think twice before they commit crime against our law enforcement,” said Zimmerman. “My reaction to that is we appreciate Representative Zimmerman’s efforts, on […]

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    Lead levels prevent day cares from opening in Lancaster city

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Protecting children from lead poisoning is the focus of a new law in Lancaster city. The lead poisoning code for the city was rewritten in the summer of 2016. The law now includes the protection of children at in home-based child care facilities. Since the new law went into effect the city’s economic development and neighborhood revitalization organization says three people have applied to open day cares and all three have been denied due to unsafe lead […]

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    Lancaster County police sergeant helps patient receive an organ

    EAST COCALICO TWP, Pa. – On Saturday morning a transplant team heading from York Hospital to Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia crashed along Rt. 222 in East Cocalico Township. The team’s car slid and they lost a tire. Sergeant Darrick Keppley, with East Cocalico Township Police, was called to the crash. No one was hurt. He knew time was of the essence and that a patient was waiting for the liver. He decided to take the team to Philadelphia himself. […]

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    New antibiotic rules for farmers could impact your food

    HARRISBURG, Pa – Concerns over animal antibiotics potentially getting into consumers’ food prompted the federal government to pass a new law. “The government created what we call a VFD or  veterinarian food directive, and what that means is any livestock animal that is going to be fed an antibiotic in their feed or in the water as a water soluble will now have to have a veterinarian directive on how that goes into the feed,” said Tom Pastor, Swine Industry employee. […]