Lorain police step up International Fest security following recent violence
June 26, 2009 · Print This Article
By Alicia Castelli, The Chronicle-Telegram
LORAIN — Security at the Lorain International Festival will be heightened this weekend following violence in central Lorain as officials prepare to entertain weekend crowds that could top 60,000, officials announced Thursday.
Police Chief Cel Rivera said three recent shootings in central Lorain shouldn’t keep people home.
“I would strongly encourage people to come to the festival,” Rivera said. “We guarantee it’s going to be a safe environment. You should bring your families and enjoy yourself. The incidents that have happened — it’s not something that will place you or your families in jeopardy.”
Lt. Jack Fleming said to expect measures similar to those in airports and at major sports venues.
“There will be no firearms or knives allowed — even if you have a CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) permit,” Fleming said. “There will be signage up as you approach the site explaining all this.”
In addition, no bottles or coolers will be allowed, and anyone 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, he said.
Anyone 18 years old or older must have photo identification to get inside the festival’s bazaar, which begins at 6 p.m. today at the Black River Landing.