27 arrests, 31 pending arrests at EF.

July 3, 2018

27 arrests, 31 pending arrests at EF.


ROTHBURY — A total of 27 people were arrested and lodged in the Oceana County Jail during the Electric Forest Festival at the Double JJ Resort, according to Michigan State Police Lt. Matthew Kanitz, assistant commander of the Hart post.

An additional 31 people are pending arrest after review by the Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office, Kanitz said.

MSP handled 97 complaints investigated by troopers, Kanitz said.

“Current and pending charges range from felony drug and larceny charges to misdemeanors, which include assault, drug possession, trespassing, disorderly, destruction of property and fugitive from justice.
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“Troopers also responded or assisted emergency medical services and/or festival security on medical calls within the venue.”

MSP is contracted by festival promoters to provide on-site law enforcement services for the festival which consisted of two back-to-back festivals on consecutive weekends, June 21 to June 24 and June 28 to July 1.

MSP has provided public safety services for the 2008 and 2009 Rothbury Festival, and the 2011-2018 Electric Forest Festival.

“Troopers from posts across the state were temporarily assigned to the events,” Kanitz said. “Within the agreement with promoters, those troopers’ positions were then backfilled, preventing any break in law enforcement services to citizens. Any overtime, travel costs, or other expenses are reimbursed by festival promoters, so this service is completed at ‘no cost’ to Michigan citizens.”

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