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Two hospitalized from Wakarusa campgrounds

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Drugs and medical problems sent two Wakarusa festival-goers to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Saturday morning, Capt. Pat Talkington, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical, said.Although one of the festival-goers suffered from what Talkington called "a medical condition," another person was transported being combative, suffering from an apparent drug overdose, Talkington said.Aside from the two medical issues, Talkington said the night at the campgrounds was fairly quiet. He said law enforcement officers made very few arrests."After that," Talkington said of the hospitalizations, "It was pretty quiet."

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Kornphlake 9 years ago

If the concert stays relatively problem free, will they harass people comming in town for the show next year?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years ago

Lawrence Crime Blotter, don't you just love it??? Isn't it great to live in a community where the local news rag just loves to create horror stories to sell it's crap? I guess they have run out of sex offenders, drug busts, and cell phone trivia to liven up their dull and lusterless offerings. What a crock of you-know-what, this town deserves better than this newspaper and it's muckraking and yellow journalism. Anyone want to start a real newspaper? It would be a breath of fresh air. And no, I have not been to the festival, don't plan to go, would never go out in the hot sun for such an event, and frankly have 20 better and more constructive things to do than attend such functions.

Steve Jacob 9 years ago

Is it problem free BECAUSE of the "harassment"

Quigebo 9 years ago

Yes. A relatively problem free festival would indicate that the measures taken had been successfull. Then again, if there are problems the indication is that more measures are necessary.

gccs14r 9 years ago

"Yes. A relatively problem free festival would indicate that the measures taken had been successfull. Then again, if there are problems the indication is that more measures are necessary."

Why not have every household, automobile, and public space quarter a government agent, just to be sure? You want to be completely free, right? Ask an East German how that worked out.

bucephalus 9 years ago

frwent: are you trying to say you think that the events reported in this story never took place, that the Journal-World knew they never took place, and that the Journal-World ran the story anyway?

If so, please enlighten us as to what evidence you have to support these assertions.

gccs14r 9 years ago

"frwent: are you trying to say you think that the events reported in this story never took place, that the Journal-World knew they never took place, and that the Journal-World ran the story anyway?"

You got all of that from his comment? Maybe you should go through the KHP check lane. That the LJW is a right-wing rag given to sensationalism in support of its agenda is well known.

bthom37 9 years ago

"Yes. A relatively problem free festival would indicate that the measures taken had been successfull. Then again, if there are problems the indication is that more measures are necessary."

You do realize that is in no way a logical statement, don't you?

Unless you're being sarcastic. In which case nicely played!

gccs14r 9 years ago

Some people wet themselves in fear when the streetlights come on. For them, there is no such thing as too much security. I'd rather hire a nanny to tuck them in at night than live with surveillance cameras on every streetcorner.

Gabe Hoffman 9 years ago

I know there were several fights last night at the Ranch, and 7 cop cars showed up, but yet no mention....Hmmm....

roadrunner 9 years ago

No newspaper is perfect, so ease up! If all you have to do is complain about LJW's journalism, then you need a life. If you don't like it, don't read it.

As for the relatively problem free Wakarusa Fest? Well, now I might think of going with my kids knowing that every person I'm standing next to is on something. It would be nice to think that I could take them for an afternoon or two of good music, but as it stands, I don't feel it would be appropriate, and that's a shame.

More power to KHP and DGCO SO!!! Search on!!!

gccs14r 9 years ago

"More power to KHP and DGCO SO!!! Search on!!!"

Yes! Yes! After all, we're all guilty of something, right?

GMAB. If you want to live in a police state, there are several to choose from. I'll even buy the ticket for you.

gccs14r 9 years ago

"I know there were several fights last night at the Ranch, and 7 cop cars showed up, but yet no mention....Hmmm...."

They's just sum good ol' boys blowin' off steam an' ain't hurtin' nothin'. It ain't like they's hippies er sumpthin'.

roadrunner 9 years ago

gccs14r

I don't think sheltering my kids from drugs is living in a police state. I do, however, believe that someone (gccs14r) is a bit PARANOID? I'd like to see you try to manage a crowd of 15,000 people. I think Brett Mossiman, the festival organizer, is quite happy there won't be quite as much potential for someone to DIE this year. Get over yourself already.

bthom37 9 years ago

gccs14r

It didn't happen at Abe & Jakes, home to the LJW owner's rival, so it doesn't make the paper.

gccs14r 9 years ago

15,000, eh? Sounds like fewer people than go to a KU game. Do people get searched as a matter of course when they pull into the lot at Allen Fieldhouse? Does KHP set up a checklane on game days? No?

I'd much rather be next to a stoned hippie than a drunk cowboy. The hippie is unlikely to be violent and probably smells better.

Jersey_Girl 9 years ago

"As for the relatively problem free Wakarusa Fest? Well, now I might think of going with my kids knowing that every person I'm standing next to is on something. It would be nice to think that I could take them for an afternoon or two of good music, but as it stands, I don't feel it would be appropriate, and that's a shame."

-Roadrunner

You would take your kids knowing EVERY PERSON you're standing next to is on something? I have to assume that's a mistype. Otherwise, interesting way to raise your kids. And in my opinion, musical festivals are not kid activities, they're adult activities. So if the festival goers want to "enhance" their experience, that's their progative. Would you rather be next to someone drunk, puking their guts out on you or someone high and mellow, grooving on the music? Oh, and I truly doubt EVERY PERSON at the festival is high or drunk.

old_man 9 years ago

It will be quite interesting what happens when it starts raining on the campers tonight. Will any of you open your dwelling for them?

roadrunner 9 years ago

gccs14r

You just aren't going to give it up. So you win. Let's not have ANY police! So when someone wrecks into you, or when your house gets robbed, or one of those "cowboys" punches your lights out, well... you'll be on your own.

And who ever said anything about hippies. I do believe YOU made that comment. I don't care WHO it is, and I'm not just talking about smoking pot. I think the guy who died last year was doing a little more than smoking pot.

And for the record, they have searched people before going into Allen Field House before and they have set up checklanes on game days before.

See, you DON'T know everything. Sorry.

Happy be-atching session!!

gccs14r 9 years ago

"You just aren't going to give it up. So you win. Let's not have ANY police!"

Who said that? I happen to think the Founders were a pretty smart bunch when they wrote the 4th Amendment. Maybe someday we'll get it back.

cms 9 years ago

Wonder if the two visitors to the hospital had insurance to cover the expenses?

doc1 9 years ago

gccs14r

I don't think that "hippie" and "smells better" can be used in the same sentance. I might have to check with an english major to be sure, but I think thats a rule.

Gabe Hoffman 9 years ago

It's profiling, and whether it's beacuse a car is trashy and a black man is driving it, or since they know there will be drug use at wak festival, they search every car, or, you happen to be in the wrong neighborhood, it's still not acceptable.

"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." My boy Ben Frizzy

Darrell Lea 9 years ago

frwent (anonymous) on June 10, 2006 at 12:22 p.m. wrote -

"Isn't it great to live in a community where the local news rag just loves to create horror stories to sell it's crap?"

Welcome to America, pal. CNN, FoxNews, the big three, it's all the same. Keep 'em scared and ignorant and they'll buy your product.

bthom37 9 years ago

hurlehey_boy

But how many hippies did those apparently worthless checkpoints piss off? And did they piss them off badly enough to not return?

Quigebo 9 years ago

bthom37

You wrote:

" "Yes. A relatively problem free festival would indicate that the measures taken had been successfull. Then again, if there are problems the indication is that more measures are necessary."

You do realize that is in no way a logical statement, don't you?

Unless you're being sarcastic. In which case nicely played!"

  • Congratulations, you picked up on the sarcstic tone. But I predict that either way things turn out the "authorities" will use this line of reasoning.

Regards, Quigebo

SpeedRacer 9 years ago

"I know there were several fights last night at the Ranch, and 7 cop cars showed up, but yet no mention....Hmmm...."

Thursday night a runaway truck plowed through our neighborhood and took out a truck and 2 houses causing considerable damage...6 police cars showed up and the driver who had let the truck loose was arrested for OUI...no mention of the incident on 6 news or LJW. The info didn't even show up in the police reports section. Waka-Pest seems to be the only "news" worthy of coverage by our crack news hounds.

mommy3 9 years ago

I think the fact that so many people are getting upset about the check points, shows what kids of world we're are living in. When did just LIVING become such a bad thing. You might say I miss out on too much by not getting high, or totally drunk all the time, but I would say, "No, your the one missing out." Isn't it hard to really see life for all it's worth. With all it's up and downs. Through all the smoke, and booze? If your always "running" from something, you'll never overcome it, and move on.

Keep the check points, until people can really be responsible enough not to kill them self, or someone else then I guess we need babysitters! Last years crap proves we need it!

bthom37 9 years ago

mommy3;

When did it become so bad to try to make some money for our town by virtue of letting a bunch of people come and have some fun in the sun, without hassling them at checkpoints?

That library won't pay for itself, y'know, nor will the sewage treatment plant, or the new watermains.

Maybe instead of babysitters we should allow people the freedom to ruin their lives, or to make them better. If there are no consequences then there is no incentive to learn.

Jersey_Girl 9 years ago

mommy3 - you really think the checkpoints are going to keep people from killing themselves? What bubble are you living in? Call the hospital and ask how many kids come in with alcohol poisoning each year. If you want a major reality check, ask how many of them are of age. People who are legally buying alcohol, a legal substance, are killing or nearly killing themselves with it. That's not including "alcohol-related" incidents like car accidents. All these check points are doing is helping local drug dealers make more money, since it appears only out-of-staters are being arrested.

Godot 9 years ago

bthom37 wrote:"Maybe instead of babysitters we should allow people the freedom to ruin their lives, or to make them better. If there are no consequences then there is no incentive to learn."

I like that. We should allow people the freedom to "run" their own lives.

mommy3 9 years ago

If it was only their lives that were being ruined, than that would be another story. I'm not living in a bubble. I am living in world that is slowly going to craps. I could almost slap myself every day for bringing three children into this world.

If the drugs only hurt the individual who cunsumed them, then that would be their problem, but when I care for children everyday who are harmed by those drugs, or the people who suffer from the loss of someone they have lossed to the drugs.

Don't tell me it is all about FUN! It is much deeper than that, people use drugs for "shelter" for a "Feeling" but in the end, most only cause more problems for them and others. Who has the choice then?? Do I think the check points will solve the problem? NO, but do I think it helps? YES!! If just one life is saved, then isn't it worth a little lost time? Our "FREEDOM" our "RIGHTS" are not the same, but our world is ever changing and hardly in a good way. Everyday their are new drugs, new threats. Do you people watch the news? I can only pray that I can raise my children to choose to deal with their problems, instead of trying to hide from them. Have fun, but do it responsibly. If people would have made that choice, then there would be no need for babysitters. So don't tell me about choice!

mommy3 9 years ago

bthom37- It's not bad to have the festival. We however have learned (most of us) from past experiences that people make stupid choises that effect other people...Huh, there's a new thought. Bad people ruin everything for the good people, yes even our rights!

jersey_girl- I agree with you, it's not just drugs. I'm pretty sure I included that. Everyone makes dumb choices, and the more we make, the more rights we'll loose. Do I like it? No, but if it might save me and my family from dealing with people who have chosen to "run" their own lifes, hopefully that keep from "ruining" mine for a little while longer, It's not just the moment. Everything has a outcome. The kid who gets high tonight might try to get my son high tommarrow, then yours. So if we can slow that kid down with a check point, maybe he won't reach my kids, someone...just one, might get spared. Is that so wrong? Life? Time? Huh, tough choice!!

Jersey_Girl 9 years ago

mommy3 - if you're raising your kids in Lawrence, their classmates are going to be the ones trying to get them high, not the adults getting high at Wakarusa Festival. And that's not b/c your kids' classmates are the children of the Festival goers; it's b/c kids in Lawrence are bright and easily bored and rather than have parents keeping them occupied, they're handing money they use to buy drugs. I know; I grew up here. I had classmates going into rehab for cocaine in HS.

Jersey_Girl 9 years ago

Also, I would never want anyone's rights "lost" in order to make raising my children easier for me. Raising children is not supposed to be easy. The rights afforded us in The Constitution are far more important to me than living an easy life. Easy lives are boring; it's the hard parts that make you appreciate the good parts.

reginafliangie 9 years ago

To all the people complaining about the Ranch and other "incidents" not making the paper. Do you know how many times durning the weekend that officers (several at one time) respond to calls at the bars? It isn't new breaking stories. It's stupid drunk people that fight or have other issues. Why does this need to be put into the paper on a weekly basis. Just know this, the police go to every bar in town every weekend for things. No news there.

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