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— 12-13-19 UPDATE –  Busy day today. LIP News will be back tomorrow.




     The DA’s press release on today’s plea is below (click here for the original).
     An East Earl man pleaded no contest Thursday in Lancaster County Court to years of sexual abuse against four pre-teenagers.
     David Stoltzfus Smucker, 75, pleaded to 20 felonies, including rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.
     Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick said Smucker told the victims to keep the contact “secret.” The girls were abused between 2014 and 2018 at Smucker’s home on Smoketown School Road and at other locations.
     Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker accepted the plea and will order sentence after a background investigation is completed in a couple months.
     A no contest plea has the same legal ramifications as a guilty plea. By pleading no contact, Smucker does not admit guilt, but concedes there is ample evidence for conviction.
     Smucker is staying at Whispering Hope in Cumberland County, under bail conditions. He was transferred from Lancaster County Prison, in part, because the prison is not equipped to handle his medical needs.
     In court, ADA Haverstick read aloud the many different acts Smucker forced the children to perform. Some of the children said they were abused every time they were at Smucker’s house.
     ADA Haverstick said he will present testimony at sentencing about “extraordinary impact” these acts had on the victims and community.
     The abuse was reported to Lancaster County Children and Youth last year. State police were then contacted and opened an investigation.
     The Lancaster County Children’s Alliance also assisted in the investigation, conducting interviews of all four victims.
      Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Nelson Renno filed charges.
     Four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child were dropped as part of the plea.


     Both of the above LNP articles that went online yesterday feature April Koppenhaver of Mulberry Art Studios  (pictured left) and her and other artists’ objections to the proposed artwork for Ewell Plaza. 
     Koppenhaver addressed the Public Art Advisory Board on Monday evening and city council on Tuesday night. And yesterday, her building at 253 W. King Street burned.
     What caused the fire?
Click here and here for the LNP articles pictured above and please check back later today.


  1. Anonymous says:

    If your from Lancaster city this fire isnt a surprise. This is how you get dealt with when you stand up for something or go against any city goons.
    I still think what Mulberry Art Studios tried to do for the artists and the people of Lancaster is amazing. Its about damn time someone stands up for whats right. I hope the fire doesnt scare them away. I hope they rebuild and stand their ground. And out of all things I hope more and more people grow some balls and gets on the “Mulberry Art Studios” movement so we can take Lancaster back from the wicked witch of Lanc.

  2. huh? says:

    You would never know from his articles that Tim Stuldreher’s father was a pretty well known architect. A guy who knew a good design when he saw one or created one.

    His grandfather was one of the Four Horsemen Of Notre Dame and a huge success off the field. And Tim Stuhlderer is a writer for a corrupt news organization that tramples all competition in its way and ruins people who get in their way. Dad and Grandpa would be proud.

  3. huh? says:

    Some history for you. Remember Zap and Company and the fire and how mysterious it was? The building was quickly demolished and no one investigated and no source was ever even investigated. Truth.

    Same shit now. Different address. Don’t expect any answers to how it started unless April brings in her own investigator. Poor Steve was so badly maimed by the fire that his life was at risk. No one had time or cared about the source. Thank goodness April and her tenants are all safe. I hopes she finds out what happened.

    • Anonymous says:

      Any clue as to why it was never investigated?

    • Synonymous says:

      I remember that fire and when the building was quickly demolished that was our heads up everyone was talking after that. Our fire depts are as corrupt as our greedy self centered mayor…why else would she want millions to upgrade depts. She got to look out for the cook out.

  4. huh? says:

    This is exactly the same bullshit way that Major Gray pushed through the con center and hotel. It boils down to my balls (in her case oves) are bigger than yours and just STFU and bow to my command.

    Someone posting here pointed out Rock Lititz and their expertise and real superiority. What a resource exists in Lancaster’s own backyard.

    But instead Lancastrians are getting a retread design from an obscure out of state provider. Another example of paste on progress versus local positive evolution. You end up with a few self satisfied yokels standing there as the curtain is dropped revealing a design that is already dated and shop worn while the rest of the residents pass by with zero ownership of another crappy idea.

  5. Anonymous says:

    We will never know what caused the fire because for some inexplicable reason the structure was demolished before an investigation could be done. Is this some new procedure that we have been kept in the dark about?

  6. smh says:

    I am so happy that our mayoress is finally being honest regarding her feelings towards the citizens and taxpayers of Lancaster City. We citizens and taxpayers are the City. Her arrogance and total disregard for us is astounding.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey. Who’s that lady in the pic next to that glitzy piece of sh*t?

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