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Paranormal group: North Park's Irwin Road shows signs of activity

Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal - Josh Shelton, left, and Fred Broerman, of East Hills Paranormal, prepare their equipment prior to investigating activity along Irwin Road in North Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal</em></div>Josh Shelton, left, and Fred Broerman, of East Hills Paranormal, prepare their equipment prior to investigating activity along Irwin Road in North Park.
Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal - Josh Shelton, left, is taking a photo, while Fred Broerman is taking a thermal reading. Both are of East Hills Paranormal, investigating activity along Irwin Road in North Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal</em></div>Josh Shelton, left, is taking a photo, while Fred Broerman is taking a thermal reading. Both are of East Hills Paranormal, investigating activity along Irwin Road in North Park.
By Bethany Hofstetter
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
 

Rumors, legends and ghost stories brought members of the East Hills Paranormal group to an abandoned North Park road to investigate whether paranormal activity exists.

Irwin Road, a throughway popular with runners, is known locally as Blue Myst Road.

Reportedly, blue-tinged mist rises from the road at night, becoming the subject of local legends.

For members of East Hills Paranormal, a group organized in 2009 to investigate the unexplained, two visits had to be cut short because of health emergencies or a suspected theft of equipment.

“It was something we wanted to look at,” said Fred Broerman of the group. “So we were hoping the third time we (didn't) have that kind of bad luck.”

The third time was the charm for the group, which totals 15 members. East Hills Paranormal members Broerman, Randy Myers and Josh Shelton, all of Pitcairn, and Brian Reed, of Wall, returned to North Park last week to verify findings from last month.

The members walked the abandoned road throughout the night taking voice recordings, thermal readings and digital photos.

Myers and Reed said they heard the faint sound of Native American drums, Broerman logged unusual temperatures in the valley along the road — abnormally low readings are said to indicate a spiritual presence — and many of Shelton's photographs contained orbs, circular anomalies that are said indicate a spirit's presence.

“One picture we got some kind of mad face, like someone upset we were there,” Broerman said.

East Hills Paranormal members investigate locations for paranormal activity once a week and have traveled as far north as New Castle, as far south as Uniontown and as far east as Saxton, in Bedford County.

This week, the group will go on their first out-of-state ghost hunt in Wheeling, W.Va.

“I call it a thrill,” Shelton said. “Sometimes we go to a spot and sit there and won't feel anything. Then, all of a sudden, you'll feel sick or light-headed and get pictures (of paranormal phenomenon).”

Members of East Hills Paranormal said they have evidence of electronic voice phenomenon from the locations they have visited and photos of countless orbs and unexplainable mist and shadows in their photos.

“We've come across some creepy places,” Shelton said.

And Irwin Road?

“It's just as creepy,” Shelton said.

“It's freaky no matter what night you go there. We really don't know what exactly happened there but there is continuous paranormal activity.”

For more information on East Hills Paranormal, visit www.facebook.com/groups/ easthillsparanormal or contact easthillsparanormal@yahoo.com.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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