May 26, 2009 in City
88 contacts, 10 arrests at Sasquatch festival
Grant County authorities reported few problems at the Sasquatch Music Festival this weekend.
Of the more than 70,000 people who packed the Gorge Amphitheater for the three-day concert, 10 were booked by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office released crime statistics this morning that show 88 criminal contacts and complaints over the three-day period, ranging from abandoned vehicles to assault and trespassing.
Five people were arrested for felonies, four for misdemeanors and one on an arrest warrant. The rest were issued citations.
Sheriff’s deputies talked to festival-goers from all over the country and as far away as Nova Scotia and Australia.
“They said the crowd was a much calmer crowd than they’ve experienced in the past,” said Undersheriff John Turley. “The first few years were horrible.”
The sheriff’s office thanked the promoters and crowd control company for their cooperation.
“Without that commitment the Sheriff’s Office personnel would be hard pressed to meet the needs of the public who attended the show,” according to a news release.
Nine Inch Nails, Ben Harper and Jane’s Addiction were among groups headlining this year’s festival, which started in 2002.
Here is a list of incidents from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office:
3 - Abandoned Vehicle
1 - Animal Abuse/Neglect
1 - Animal Problem
2 - Alcohol Offense
5 - Assault, Simple
1 - Child Abuse or Neglect
5 - Cont Subst/Posession Marijuana
3 - Controlled Substance/Posession
2 - Controlled Subst Poss Para
3 - Cont Subst/Posess Synthetics
2 - Driving While Suspended/Revoke
1 - Family Fight
2 - Fire
1 - Indecent Exposure
1 - K-9 Incident
4 - Lost and Found Property
1 - Medical Problem
12 - Minor in Possession
1 - Obstructing Justice
2 - All Other Reportable Offenses
1 - Public Nuisance
1 - Resisting/Interfering w/Police
1 - Robbery, Knife, Miscellaneous
1 - Traffic Acc
1 - Traffic Accident, Property Dam
1 - Threatening
3 - Traffic Offense
1 - Theft, Property, From Mtr Veh
2 - Theft, Property, Other
19 - Trespass of Real Property
1 - Unknown
1 - Vandalism/Destruct/Damage Prop
1 - Warrant
1- Weapons Offense