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Police: Festival crowd peachy
The Peach Music Festival on Montage Mountain produced remarkably few headaches for law enforcement, given the size and scope of the event, officials said Monday.
The Lackawanna County Sheriff's Department made a "minimal" number of arrests during the festival that attracted 30,000 or more people to Toyota Pavilion and Sno Cove water park from Friday through Sunday, Chief Deputy Dominick Manetti said.
Most of the arrests were for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, he said.
"But that is common at any concert," Mr. Manetti said. "For the type of event it was and crowd that was there, the arrests were a lot less than we anticipated."
Perhaps the most serious incident happened early Sunday when a festivalgoer snatched a shotgun from a Scranton Police Department van parked near Sno Cove.
According to the arrest affidavit, Patrolman David Mitchell saw Nicholas A, Malkus, 31, of Long Island City, N.Y., approach the rear of the van around 1:25 a.m. and walk away about a minute later carrying a black case containing a shotgun.
When the officer yelled, Mr. Malkus dropped the case and ran. He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and charged with receiving stolen property, theft and theft from a motor vehicle.
Mr. Malkus told Patrolman Mitchell he did not realize the van was a police vehicle and thought he was taking a guitar, the affidavit said. "I don't even know what to do with a gun," he allegedly told the officer.
City police Acting Capt. Glen Thomas said it was a well-behaved festival crowd overall.
"For the most part, with the amount of people, there was nothing serious," he said.
Moosic Police Chief Charles Maurer said the biggest issue from his department's perspective was the traffic, especially on Friday.
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