September 17, 2014

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Lorain County law enforcement out in full force for Roverfest

The policing of the estimated 13,000 guests for this year’s Roverfest will not be limited to Lorain.

Lorain County law enforcement will be out in force. Officers want to see a good event take place but have a contingency plan in case that doesn’t happen.

“We will be ready to deal with whatever we have to deal with,” said Elyria police Capt. Phil Hammonds, who is coordinating a joint OVI taskforce.

Roverfest, an annual concert series hosted by Cleveland radio show Rover’s Morning Glory, will be staged today at Black River Landing in Lorain and is expected to bring in more people than Lorain has seen in recent history for a one-day event.

A worker moves equipment Friday on the stage at Black River Landing in Lorain in preparation for Roverfest.

A worker moves equipment Friday on the stage at Black River Landing in Lorain in preparation for Roverfest.

Tickets for the all-day concert are sold out. Festivities start at 1 p.m. and go until 11 p.m. with major artists P.O.D., T-Pain, Trapt and Lil Jon performing.

The young adult crowd the event caters to, coupled with a popular beer manufacturing serving as a key sponsor, all but guarantees that alcohol will be present. Drunken-driving concerns are high among law enforcement.

“We want people to know if you drink and drive Saturday, it is not a good idea because we will be out,” said Hammonds, the department’s top crash scene reconstruction expert. Last August, Hammond coordinated an OVI checkpoint in memory of Andrew “A.J.” Vincent, who was killed by a drunken driver in 2010.

Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins said about 50 officers will provide security with other departments offering support,

Elyria police are working with the Ohio Highway Patrol, which is putting more troopers into play, and Sheffield police. A shuttle bus will run from Quaker Steak & Lube on Detroit Road to Black River Landing. The restaurant will also serve as the location for the official after-party for the festivities.

Hammonds said officers will be out, the prisoner transport van will be available if needed and officers will be able to administer Breathalyzer tests at a command post to be set up near Interstate 90 and state Route 57.

There will be no actual checkpoint location, but blitz patrols will be used to have as much of an effect as possible.

“Basically, you will see a lot of law enforcement in the northern part of the city and county from North Abbe Road, state Route 254, I-90 and everywhere between Black River Landing and the hotels in the city,” Hammonds said. “People coming to the city should be responsible, think about what they are doing, make some plans and find someone to be a designated driver.”

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.


  • oldruss

    And who is paying for all this extra police presence? A comment posted by Loraine Ritchie, president of the Charleston Village Association, said that she’d been informed by Rick Novak of the Lorain Port Authority and Chase Ritenauer, Mayor of Lorain, that Rover Fest was ONLY providing $5,200 to the Port Authority for rental of the Black River Landing, despite an estimated gross gate of some $250,000. That paltry sum is obviously inadequate to cover the city of Lorain’s police costs, not to mention the other cities, the Lorain County Sheriffs Depatrment, and the Ohio Highway Patrol. See: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/24/lorain-prepares-roverfest/#comment-60111

    • Denise Caruloff

      rover wil pay that right? let’s see..approx. 15,000 times $25.00 pr ticket…$375.000 …….I think he should be able to cover it…esp since the Lorain Port authority gave the landing away at $5.200. We didn’t even take a percentage of the ticket sales did we. Stupid.Time for rick to go!…when I was in Avon Lake yesterday. The comment was made by a festival vendor how she heard Lorain was such a push over for this event…I had to agree…rover owns this city at this moment…he has called the shots hasn’t he. Wait till the cars come rolling in…then the fun begins…oh yeah..and all the f bombs and N’er words coming into our hood over the LOUD SPEAKERS. what lovely Saturday it is going to be. wth!

      • oldruss

        Rick and Chase are like Sally Field, who, some years ago, gushed when she won the Best Actress Oscar, “You love me, you really do!”

  • scott allen

    Don’t worry about the money, it will all be made up thru the DUI and multiple fines garnished on the attedees

    • Mark B

      Hopefully one of the attendees will find a reason to Sue the gestapo and make lots of money for their Police State Tactics

  • Sis Delish

    If its not too late, business owners and residents should take a Before photograph of their respective properties… then, when they wake up early on Sunday, do the same.

    Earth to Google Maps, you do it too.

    • 2muchgovernment

      lmao.

  • Rock Robbster

    How do all of you, that have answers to all the questions and news articles suggest we fix the city of Lorain then? This is 13,000 people, with major acts, coming in to Lorain! I am not a fan of Rover, so I choose not to go. If this event comes off without a glitch, this opens up the opportunity for Lorain to host other major acts.

    Quit complaining about everything, thinking everything will be bad, or destructive, or whatever it is that you comment about. Get out from behind your computer, get out in your community and do something.

    • oldruss

      Tell us, how is RoverFest bringing ANY money into the City? With the EVENT selling beer, and the EVENT selling admission at $25 per, and with the “official” after-concert party being staged out at the Quaker State and Lube in Sheffield, just how is the City making any money from this?

      • Denise Caruloff

        I wonder how many vendors registered with the city? and you know all the folks with parking signs in their perspective yards will not be claiming income on that….well the second coming should be here soon…perhaps he will be walking on top of the river as he graces his unwavering disciples…a parting of the lake for all to see. Hail lord Rover who has come to save the city..Bring to him the wretched and drunk…may the beer flow endlessly…and breasts be ample….bring unto them King James… the master of his domain….I could go on and on….

    • Sis Delish

      Yeah! This is a Great Opportunity for the Lorain County Republican Party to register Voters for the upcoming election!

      Hows dat?

      • Mark B

        Sadly the majority of people under 30 who are voters vote Democant

        • Sis Delish

          DebitCrats and their accomplices in the Universities and Colleges threw Election-Eve Parties… to get the annointed one re-elected… best time to get this group to do anything “political” is when they are being provided with spirits, etc. and having fun or otherwise removed from reality.

    • HankKwah

      If you haven’t looked at some of Rover’s other events, and the crowds they draw, and some of the “events” during the event, go check’em out.

      I heard the after-party is at Quaker Steak and Lube. Just throwin’ that out there.

  • GreatRedeemer

    The city is charging for parking , $20 a car I think, so there is some pure profit to defray the costs.

    • Phil Blank

      But will they claim it as income?

  • Phil Blank

    I read that all 10,000 tickets sold out in 11 minutes, on June 9th.
    So, if there were only 10,000 tickets, were are the numbers 13,000 and 15,000 people coming from? How can you have more people coming than the number of tickets sold, are they giing to storm the gates to hell fest?

    Here is another problem quote “between Black River Landing and the hotels in the city,”
    What hotels in the city?
    There afe none!
    Unless you or they are includung the flea-bag joints down on west Lake Road?

    • HankKwah

      There were tickets being handed out by the performers. I believe there were tickets in contests to be won. And there were folks on Broadway this afternoon selling tickets to the event.

    • 2muchgovernment

      Prior to the online ticket sales, there were 2 ticket stops at different locations on different days where tickets were sold “in person”. Hundreds, if not more, showed up at the ticket stops where the ticket limit was 8 per person. The “10,000″ tickets that sold out in 11 minutes were the tickets left that were sold online. You do the math.

  • Phil Blank

    Too bad Lorain PD went with all digital radios, now nome of us can listen in on the fun that won’t make, the local papers.
    Know what?
    I heard they city signed a 3 year contract w7th this idiot!
    GOOD LUCK!

    • Denise Caruloff

      I bought one $479.00..hell to program…they say just enter the zip..not quite…no way would the city be stupid enough to do A THREE YEAR CONTRACT
      …if so…what a bunch of TOUKS!

      • Phil Blank

        Thats what I was told by one of the shop owners in the general area, I don’t want to name names.

      • Phil Blank

        $479.00 For what?
        A ticket?
        1 you better hope its good
        2, I think you’re nuts for paying that, you’ll be able to hear it across the river free.

        • Denise Caruloff

          NO FOR A SCANNER!!!

          • Phil Blank

            Sorry, I was tired a d read it wrong.
            A lot of people don’t want to pay that for a scanner.
            I’ve been a ham since the 70s and never paid more than a few hundred for rig, and it was old and used.

    • Otter

      I heard about the 3 year contract too, plus the hospital has added staffing, and put up a tent to handle some of the business they expect.

  • Mark B

    Watching online , and if the bands are get no better I would be asking for a refund

    • Denise Caruloff

      I am catching it here and there on line.,,i agree..so far the bands suck..looks to have been a few fights…I hear that there was one arrest…thus far. The band trapt must think that they are in cleveland as he keeps thanking Cleveland…good grief…lol…

  • Razorback Twou

    Well it sounds like law enforcement will use this event as a money maker and to ensure Lorain County never gets to host ANY large event again.

    • Mark B

      Yea they are like a bunch of Vultures Circling in the sky just waiting to pounce. Very Disgraceful

  • Exposing Trolls

    Love how these dirt bags try to turn this into their political blog for the Republican party… Maybe practice more of what you preach and we might believe you, instead, take your right wing propaganda elsewhere..

    Oh wait, you have nowhere else…

  • Mark B

    Watched this online and there wasent really any FBombs or N words except when a certain race was performing , if you want to call it that ..