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June 15, 2011

Father arrested for killing infant in Lake Ariel

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale and the Wayne County District Attorney announced the arrest of Christopher Thomas Fitzpatrick, 20, in Lake Ariel, Wayne County. He is charged with criminal homicide, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.

Fitzpatrick is accused of taking his newborn infant daughter to a wooded area behind a business at 1178 Hamlin Highway in Lake Ariel. Once there, he is accused of striking the baby twice with a cinder block causing the death of the infant. The arrest took place on June 10, four days after the alleged killing.

The investigation started when state police were notified by the Sussex County, NJ Sheriff’s Department. They were able to provide state police with information that they received from family members about their suspicions on the baby’s welfare.
Fitzpatrick was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jane Farrell, Waymart. Fitzpatrick was transported to the Wayne County Prison without bail.

The mother of the child, Jennifer Barrise, 20 was also arrested and is being held without bail. Fitzpatrick allegedly told Barrise he was going to get rid of the infant because the couple could not afford to have another child. They have a one year old son.

Shepstone responds to activists

REGION — Responding to two emails to The River Reporter reporting the severance of his relationship with two professional organizations, Tom Shepstone, the Honesdale-based planning consultant, said he dropped his affiliation with the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association in 2008. He said he pulled out of the organizations because they had become “very leftist.” A letter he sent at the time indicated he disagreed with the direction the organizations had taken regarding such things as global warming and eminent domain.

Critics charged that Shepstone was still using the group’s acronym, AICP/AMA beside his name on some documents on his web site. Shepstone said that he had long ago scrubbed his site of the acronym, but had missed perhaps four documents which he has now addressed.

Shepstone has drawn increasingly sharp attacks from anti gas-drilling activists since he became officially associated with the pro-drilling group Energy in Depth.

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