On Monday, Evergreen Charter and Monsignor McHugh schools, both in Barrett Township, reopened after each had been closed for eight days. – My daughter had all her books at home and was able to keep up and even get ahead on her school work. What worries me is all this increased police activity with school back open today. We live five minutes from where the activity is.
News from the gulag.
Adam Christmann, a 43-year-old security and counter-terrorism consultant whose clients include the U.S. Air Force, has lived in the Hamlet, as it is called, for 14 years and raised his family here. He’s had his share of nervous moments. His two daughters, age 9 and 12, both go to the East Stroudsburg schools and count on the school bus to fetch them each day. Early on, however, school officials decided it was too dangerous to send buses into the hot zone. So Christmann drove them.
One evening, though, his family was broken apart. Fetching his older daughter, he returned, only to find the entire area in “lockdown” — no one goes in or out — his wife and younger daughter inside. By 11:30 they found their way home. But at least 20 of his neighbors had not. They made their way to the local firehouse, only to find no cots, no where to sleep.
“Someone dropped the ball,” Christmann sighed. For what had become effectively state of emergency, there was no federal or state emergency workers in sight.
For folks like Christmann, “the current issue facing residents up here is ‘how/when do we return to normal life?’ Or is a heavy police presence, helicopters and uncertainty the ‘new normal’? I think that uncertainty is what is causing the most stress—not an actual feel of being in danger.”
Still, these tight-knight communities have suffered over the past two weeks in a host of ways, large and small—often less than apparent to many on the outside looking in. At least 13 homes were on the block for sale in the Hamlet alone before Eric Frein fired his fatal shots two weeks ago.
Rich Barry, one of the residents, said he was coming home from work in New York City at 7 p.m. when police stopped him at Route 447.
“I have a wife and a 2-year-old at home and I want to see them,” he said. “I wanted to try walking back home, but an officer told me they’d put me under arrest.”
At 3 a.m. Saturday, about 15 state police cars from the Montoursville and Towanda barracks crossed the roadblock at Route 447 and Bear Town Road and headed northeast on Bear Town Road toward Blue Ridge Drive.
As search for Eric Frein continues, police block Clarks Road near Cresco
State police told stranded residents Monday afternoon that they will try to allow those who need to get to their homes to check on their children and/or pets, or retrieve any needed medications.
Police did say, however, that stranded residents may need to work out contingency plans.
“Whenever whatever’s happening now is done happening, we’ll start taking you to your homes. We don’t know when that’s going to be,” police told the stranded residents Monday afternoon.
UPDATE: Price Twp. newcomers separated from their 4 daughters for 2 straight nights – 11:27 am Monday, September 22, 2014
Stranded at the blockade near Snow Hill Road as the manhunt continues, Steve Heller and Tara Knichel of Rock Ledge Estates, Price Township, spent the second night in a row, Sunday night into Monday, separated from their four daughters ages 7 to 17.
Heller: “It’s frustrating being separated from our girls. They don’t know what’s going on with us. We have a cell phone and charger in our car so we try to stay in touch
Rick Szlachta from South Carolina is visiting his mother in Price Township: “I came up Thursday and got separated from my mom (Sunday night) with the blockade. I’ve been in touch with her by cellphone.
Mark Hiller Eyewitness News (This is where you chuckle with their “misinformation”)
A message from PA State Police #Frein 09.23.2014/6:23 p.m.:
‘It has come to our attention that media reports exist that indicate the Pennsylvania State Police were not allowing residents to access their homes during our search efforts for Eric Frein. To clear up any misconceptions regarding the search, we have been diligent in respecting the rights of the public while working hard to keep both residents and law enforcement personnel safe. We need to be deliberate and methodical in our operations, as we still believe that Eric Frein is armed and very dangerous. At no time did we completely restrict access to homes in the area. If a resident required access to their home for a vital reason such as retrieving medication, we provided an escort to their home to ensure their safety. There is currently no shelter in place advisory and access to homes is not affected. The Pennsylvania State Police appreciate the assistance and patience we have received from the public as our search efforts continue.
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They say they are closing in. Let us hope. So much for Emergency Planning. The Red Cross is setting up shop. After 11 days?? I guess this is for those still sleeping in cars.
So much for the end of “Shelter in Place.”
Earlier September 20, 2014
At 7:45 a.m. this morning, state police are still asking all residents of Barrett and Price townships to stay in indoors and away from windows. (Meanwhile, citizens are being threatened with arrest).
An evacuation center is in place and there are reports that residents who could not get to their homes either stayed at the center or slept in their cars last night as the search for Eric Frein continues in the Bear Town Road area off Route 447. Ed. How about our pets and medications? How did they “stay” when there were no beds?
Late Saturday, authorities lifted a “shelter in place” order but urged residents returning home to use caution and to stay out of the dense, boggy woodlands where the search was underway.
PA Police shooter portrayed as right-wing nut job, he was anything but. UPDATES