Kodiak Daily Mirror - Troopers stay busy at Warm August Nights
Troopers stay busy at Warm August Nights
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Judging by the full parking lot at the Kodiak Fairgrounds Saturday, rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of music fans at this year's Warm August Nights.

Estimating attendance numbers, organizer Dr. Jerimiah Myers of the Kodiak Lions Club said, "It looks like by the food count upwards of 900 people in the course of the evening."

Admission cost a donation of food or money. Myers said the Lions collected two truckloads of food and about $2,000 for the local food banks.

While the rain kept few away, it did prompt some dancers to try alternative footwear.

"It made kind of some big, wet mud puddles for tennis shoes," Myers said. "There were at least 100 Xtratufs at this affair."

Myers said Alaska State Troopers effectively kept down rowdiness, although he thought some dancing among adults got a little boisterous late into the program.

"We had extensive security on the grounds," he said.

Troopers patrolling the festival late Saturday and early Sunday cited five minors for allegedly illegal alcohol consumption, while a sixth was cited after she returned home from the event.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said it appeared the minors were making "poor choices," but law enforcement personnel were not doing anything differently this year.

"More minors are drinking at the festival and they're getting caught," Peters said.

According to trooper reports, cited were Dorianna Olsen, 19, Rachelle Abbott, 20, Joseph Ramos, 19, Ismael Cortez Ruiz, 20, Nels Ure, 18, and Jemuel Medina, 18.

Myers said alcohol was not served at the event, although adults were free to bring drinks for their own use.

Also at the festival troopers arrested 21-year-old Tennessee resident Blane Maloney for failure to complete work service and cited 25-year-old Alex Troutman of Anchorage for allegedly smoking marijuana in public.

According to another trooper report, a brown Coach purse containing a wallet with ID, credit cards and cash was stolen at the festival. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the troopers, 486-4121, or Kodiak Crime Stoppers, 486-3113.

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