Archive for Friday, January 12, 2007

N.Y. man to pay $1,000 in Wakarusa Fest charge

January 12, 2007


A New York man will pay a $1,000 fine and have six months of unsupervised probation for drug-related charges from last summer's Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton Lake.

Joseph P. Beuregard, 25, of Altamont, N.Y., was originally charged with possession with intent to sell ecstasy, a felony. But he entered a plea Thursday in Douglas County District Court to misdemeanor possession of ecstasy and marijuana.

"This is one of the last Wakarusa Festival cases hanging around still," defense attorney Sarah Swain said in court.

More than 80 people from across the country were arrested for drug or alcohol charges during the festival at Clinton State Park, which was marked by heightened police presence.

But many defendants have had their charges either dropped or reduced to misdemeanors.

For example, three men initially charged with dealing marijuana - Oneilo P. Lopez and Sergio D. Lopez, of Taos, N.M., and Ryaji H. McCormick, of Arroyo Seco, N.M. - have entered diversion agreements. They'll each be required to pay a $400 lab fee, $100 fine and $163 in court costs.


lawrencelady 11 years, 4 months ago

Good job, Lawrence! If we keep up this pace we should be festival event free by 2010. Tell those tourists to go home, we don't need their patronage.

Woodduck_5363 11 years, 4 months ago

Well once again we prove how country we really are.

I see we needed that thousand dollars to help Lawrence do what.

Confrontation 11 years, 4 months ago

We have plenty of drug dealers in town, so we don't need to import more of them. If "cracking" down on drugs will hurt the Wackorusa Pestival, then that tells you a whole lot about the event. Why should we ignore drug laws when these idiots enter the county?

budwhysir 11 years, 4 months ago

Oh, I thought all those guys where getting together at the lake to listen to folk music, drink cola, and smoke a few cigarets. They all seem like such clean cut, well dressed citizens. I mean who would drive 4,000 miles to stay at our lovely lake?

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