Jefferson rave organizers must apologize

Jefferson rave organizers must apologize

Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office

Jefferson rave organizers must apologize

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

JEFFERSON, Ore. -- The organizers of an outdoor musical event just outside Jefferson last July have settled a civil lawsuit filed by Marion County, and must write letters of apology to residents affected by noise and traffic problems.

The event was called "Splash Bash 2" and was described by attendees as a rave. It was held July 6 through July 8 on privately-owned Marion County farmland.

During the festival, Marion County deputies and Oregon State Police received several calls about "excessively loud music, traffic congestion, parking issues and rowdy attendees," said Don Thomson of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Background: Jefferson music fest outrages neighbors

The county filed a civil lawsuit against the property owners, the event producers and several of the co-producers, and Thomson announced Wednesday that settlements had been reached in all but one of the complaints. The defendants took responsibility for failing to acquire the required permit and for violating the noise ordinance, he said.

The owners of the land were fined $6,000 and must write a letter of apology, which will be published in the Jefferson Review. They also agreed not to hold any unpermitted events at the property for five years.

Three other defendants were also fined, agreed not to hold any unpermitted events in Marion County for three years and must write letters of apology. One of the defendants was not located.

"Defendants Harvard Street Mafia and 'Bobby Numonik' are located somewhere in Idaho, making completion of service difficult," Thomson said. "Due to the minor role of HSM in the event, the county has elected not to proceed with these claims."

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