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Sheriff: Alcohol problems up slightly at Willamette festival


September 20, 2016

Overall calls for service went down at this year’s Willamette Country Music Festival, but there was an uptick in alcohol-related offenses, especially regarding minors in possession, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley told the Linn County Board of Commissioners.

“Part of that is due to a little more aggressive stance that we’re trying to take with that,” Riley said during a post-event discussion with commissioners on Sept. 7. Anne Hankins, president of Willamette Country Music Concerts, also spoke before the board.

A lot of the problems were in the camping area, not the venue, Riley...

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