Assaults, drugs mar River Farm event
By ANDREW McGINN
Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams said Monday that at least 11 people were drugged against their will, including a 17-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted, during the annual Summer Bash at River Farm Recreation west of Jefferson.
The increasingly notorious venue, owned by Craig Flack, has a history of underage drinking.
But, Williams said, a new substance appeared this past weekend at River Farm’s two-day event: the club drug ecstasy.
“I’m still trying to sort through all the calls,” Williams said, adding that his office burned through a quarter of its overtime budget this past weekend.
Williams said Flack initially refused to allow law enforcement access to the property on Friday night, but relented Saturday.
“The drugs were a huge problem,” he said.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies investigated the report of an assault involving a handgun.
Williams said 21-year-old Nicklaus Harrison, of Forest City, punched a female, then reportedly pulled a gun on a group of males who confronted him.
Harrison was arrested on charges of assault causing bodily injury and carrying weapons.
Find a more complete story about the weekend event in the July 23 Jefferson Herald.