CHAGRIN FALLS — With the exception of one fight in Riverside Park, multiple open container violations and underage consumption of alcohol, this year’s Blossom Time Festival was trouble free, according to Chagrin Falls police Chief Amber Dacek.
All in all, “for a big event, it was non-eventful,” she said, crediting her officers and the presence of three wide angle, long range cameras as deterrents and helpful as extra unblinking eyes on the village.
The trio of closed-circuit cameras was capable of high-quality shots angling in on activities in Riverside Park, along Main Street and the shopping plaza.
The Chagrin Valley Jaycees, the Blossom Time Festival sponsor, had cameras trained on the park as well.
Last week Chief Dacek issued her annual welcome message to Blossom Time with the reminder that village ordinances prohibit open containers of alcohol on public property and the use of golf carts on public streets.
There were, however, incidents of both during this year’s four-day festival, May 23-26.
On May 23, Chagrin Falls police cited John Richardson, 23, of Shaker Heights for drinking beer from a red plastic cup while on the Blossom Time midway in Riverside Park, the report states.
That same evening, an 18-year-old Bainbridge resident was cited for underage consumption of alcohol and disorderly conduct after police stopped him on East Orange Street where he was observed walking unsteadily in the middle of the road, police said.
On May 24, police responded to a fight between two 17-year-old males, one from Bentleyville and the other from Warrensville Heights.
The incident took place at the Riverside Park carnival midway with the Warrensville Heights youth cited for slugging the other youth in the eye, according to the report. He was released to his mother and his case was referred to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
Also on May 24, Nathan Wynveen, 30, of Cleveland Heights was cited for drinking beer from a plastic cup while at the Blossom Time carnival in Riverside Park.
On May 25, a 20-year-old Chester Township male was charged with underage consumption, using two false identification cards and lying to police about his identity after they stopped him for drinking from a bottle of beer in Riverside Park.
Chad Molnar offered police two different drivers licenses, one from Ohio and the other from Pennsylvania, which were both determined to be fake, according to police.
On May 26, two males were found tailgating in the plaza parking lot. When police found them, they were standing behind their vehicle with a cooler of beer and drinking from their stash, police said. Cited for open container were Kim Allen Satterfield, 53, of Auburn and Colin Cooper, 60, of Bainbridge.
That evening, police stopped two other men as they drank from bottles of beer as they walked along East Washington Street after getting off work as caterers at a nearby home, the report states. Kyle Banham, 21, of Bainbridge and Eric Loftus, 26, of Burton were cited for open container, according to the report.
Also that evening, police transported a village resident to his home after he admitted he had too much to drink. He was not cited, police said.
Unless otherwise noted, all individuals named in the above reported incidents have the option of paying the fines associated with their citations or appearing in Bedford Municipal Court on June 10.
In other Blossom Time related police reports, on May 25 one individual was warned for driving on a golf cart on the street and that same evening a female reportedly passed out in Riverside Park but came to and refused transport.
Police reports this week also state that one runner participating in the Blossom Time Run on May 26 collapsed and was transported to University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.