2 Confirmed Deaths at Lost Lands & Other Issues

Jeff Abel, aka Excisionspoke out yesterday at the Facebook group Excision’s Headbangers.

Among rumors swirling all weekend of up to 9 alleged deaths, two have been confirmed in Lost Lands Music Festival in Ohio. The official statement in Lost Lands reads: 

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Jeff Abel, aka Excisionspoke out yesterday at the Facebook group Excision’s Headbangers. 

Randy Thorp, Licking County Sheriff, reported that medics responded to your telephone of an unresponsive Saturday morning.

The man, identified as Ger Vang of Hickory, North Carolina, has been accepted to Licking Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m. Saturday.  Another man, identified as 32-year-old Mario Symborski of Pontiac, Michigan, was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. Sunday.

None have been confirmed in other coroner’s offices, while rumors of deaths are reported on the world wide web. 

Adam Auctor of Bunk Police said evaluations of at least three different batches of cocaine in Lost Lands were positive for fentanyl, based on Rooster.com

“People were dropping like flies all weekend,” Auctor said. “I watched a girl get strapped down to a gurney saying she was going to die.” He saw a man holding a woman. “And that was in all of 3-4 hours,” Auctor said.

Narcan kits were confiscated, and articles on Reddit stated that Bunk Police has been phased out due to not being accepted sellers. 

A number of arrests were made for drug trafficking as well, with authorities believing a minumum of one batch to become fentanyl mixed with cocaine in line with this Zanesville Time Recorder. Their article details that at least 6 individuals were arrested for drug possession and/or drug trafficking, with the main illegal narcotics found such as cocaine, ecstasy, and ketamine. 

Licking Township Trustees held a meeting in the township fire station Monday evening to complain about the loud music, nudity, and medication use, according to the Newark Advocate

People and the trustees complained about loud music during the early morning hours throughout the four-day event, which featured dance music with’1 million watts of bass’. Many citizens came to shield the Trickles and the event.

Resident Katie Lawhead told that the trustees,”The noise was unbearable. You couldn’t watch TV, couldn’t sleep. It’s a slap in the face to the people here. There was a guy walking around naked on drugs, people urinating on the side of the road, someone broke into a neighbor’s fence. It was just chaotic. Something has to be done.”

The Trickle family, owners of this Legend Valley venue, denied that the allegations of music that was loud beyond 4am and other problems, while also promising to do better . 

“I made a deal with Lost Lands to quit the main stages at 12:30 a.m., and do small late-night stages in the campground,” Steve Trickle said. “I know you could not hear stages after 12:30, as I personally monitor the neighborhood volume myself.”

The Trickle family stated that they had obtained a variety of further precautions such as increasing onsite emergency solutions, an emergency helicopter to standby, comprehensive searches of people and vehicles for contraband upon arrival, hiring additional law enforcement, even going so far as to provide $500 to each of the 14 adjacent neighbors when they wanted to remain in a hotel for the weekend.

Licking Township Fire Chief Mike Wilson stated,”I really think this concert kind of overwhelmed everybody. The amount of drugs up there alarmed me. I think the township should take a hard look at what we can do to get this thing under control.”

While concerns are circulating that the festival won’t take place up a lease has been signed by the organizers on the venue. 

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