Monday 9/29/14 1:30 Heavy state police presence north of the search perimeter. More than one helicopter over Canadensis PA
UPDATE: 9/24/8:30 pm
The search for Eric Frein seemed to intensify Monday as state troopers and specialized agents continued to comb central Monroe County.
Police presence along Route 447 north of Eric Matthew Frein’s home and 390 south remained heavy, as armed state troopers stood watch on a perimeter northwest of where they have been about a week. Camouflaged men pushed through a section of Barrett Township covered in trees and tall grass.
See earlier posts:
PA Police shooter portrayed as right-wing nut job, he was anything but. UPDATES
Sunday, 9/28/14 Police report nothing new. . Still issues with intermittent permission denied by Police to enter or leave one’s home has been reported. People afraid to leave for fear they cannot return.
Power in the area has been restored following last night’s outage caused when a tree fell on a power line in Price Township. The tree fell as a police helicopter was hovering low over the forest, though officials haven’t said whether that was the cause.
Latest over at Search for Eric Frein hits third week 9/27/14
Live Police Scanner for Monroe County. http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/7527/web
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.
Al Hall, an historian who’s lived here with his wife Mary, put their house up for sale as they no longer feel competent to care for themselves and their house. They are looking to move to an assisted living community in upstate New York. “But the real estate broker can’t show the house til the emergency is over,” Hall said, shaking his head. No sense of when the next lock-down might be called.
More info over at USA Today
Latest Update 9/24/14: Unfortunately not the truth. Why would the Red Cross set up a shelter? Just asking.
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.”
New shelter opens in East Stroudsburg for residents displaced by manhunt 8:00pm, September 22, 2014.
The American Red Cross will open a shelter for displaced residents from Barrett and Price townships at East Stroudsburg High School South at 9 p.m. today. Some people are unable to return to their homes because of the ongoing search for suspected police killer Eric Frein.
East Stroudsburg High School South is at 279 N. Courtland St., East Stroudsburg. The shelter is pet-friendly.
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.
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“The parsing of the words defining what took place in Northeastern Pennsylvania has come to an end. No longer is the phrase “Residents are being asked to Shelter in place” to “Order lifted.” And just who lifted the order? All week-long I have been asking who is doing the so called “asking “when people are threatened at being arrested. A virtual media blackout has been implemented. Just who was it that got out their phone and pen? Turns out it was the Department of Homeland Security. There is a surprise ending regarding the DHS involvement and their spokesperson at the end of the post. Ride with me as we go down the rabbit hole.What has life been like for the residents? More tomorrow on life in the gulag.
A friend of mine just called me whose residence is within “The Hot Zone”. Both she and her son are forced for the second night to stay in a hotel. Second night of not being permitted to go home. She and her son are without their medications. She with an expensive Glaucoma medicine that cannot at this point is able to get a replacement. The hotels are packed and she got the last room at the lucky price of $175.00 a night. The only clothes they had were the clothes on their back, forcing them to go to Walmarts to pick up the basics. No provisions for taking care of anyone regarding sleeping arrangements. The so-called Volunteer Barrett Fire House called an “Evacuation Site” is anything but that. They were sent to this a location that has no beds and only had potato chips and water to offer. Later it was learned that locals had brought in additional food. So people are forced to sleep in cars if they cannot afford or get a room. This is crazy. They were threatened at being arrested if not willing to comply.
The Pennsylvania State Police are asking all residents of Barrett and Price Townships to shelter in place immediately.
Please do not go outdoors and remain away from windows or openings to the outside.
Police are in the process of searching the area.
Please stay tuned to media outlets for further information.
State police are lifting a shelter in place order for the area of northeastern Pennsylvania where a manhunt for the suspect in a trooper ambush is underway.
CANADENSIS, Pa. — State police are lifting a shelter-in-place order for the area of northeastern Pennsylvania where a manhunt for the suspect in a trooper ambush is underway. Homeland Security spokeswoman Maria Finn said in an emailed statement late Saturday that residents should use extreme caution as they move back into their homes in Barrett and Price Townships. She says police strongly recommend that residents stay inside and not enter the dense woods were officers are searching for Eric Frein.
Police taking ‘extreme’ precautions in ambush suspect search
Earlier September 20, 2014
At 7:45 a.m. this morning, state police are still asking all residents of Barrett and Price townships to state 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.
Investigators have been using a community center at the Hamlet, a private community very close to Frein’s home, since Thursday, according to an e-mail from the property owners’ association. Two state troopers holding rifles ordered The Times-Tribune to leave the area when reporters approached the clubhouse.
Now for the surprise ending. Just who is Maria Finn??
While trying to find any information on who Homeland Security spokeswoman Maria Finn is, and who had that pen, I find she knows all about crashing computers and missing documents. A perfect fit for her position, and we know how she got it. Her earlier position gave her some great experience.
November 8, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A newspaper says the former director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency destroyed homeland-security reports from a contractor, but copies survived on another employee’s computer.
The Patriot-News reported Saturday that James Powers acknowledged in e-mails he shredded reports from the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, which was supposed to monitor threats to the state’s infrastructure.
The newspaper says that may violate state rules requiring retention of certain records.
Gov. Ed Rendell refused to renew the institute’s contract after disclosure that its reports included information about peaceful protests by citizen groups including gay-rights advocates and critics of natural-gas drilling. Powers resigned shortly afterward.
PEMA spokeswoman Maria Finn says copies of the records were found an another employee’s computer and were being provided to people who filed Right-to-Know Law requests.
H/T: Patriot News