Saturday, June 02, 2001

Rave is moved out of Colerain

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        COLERAIN TWP. — There will be no rave today at the Riverfront West softball complex.

        The dance has been moved to an undisclosed indoor location in Dayton, Ohio, said Ron Schmidt, owner of the 12-acre complex on Harrison Avenue where up to 2,000 people had been expected tonight.

        And that suits Colerain Township trustees just fine. They had asked their attorney this week to seek help from the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office on finding ways to stop the dances, which have drawn complaints from residents in Colerain, Crosby and Whitewater townships.

        The main complaint has been noise that often continues until 3 or 4 in the morning, authorities say. Oftentimes 1,000 or more young people attend the parties.

        “This is good news,” said Trustee Joseph Wolterman. “We like to have activities in our township but not those that are a nuisance. And I consider this a nuisance.”

        Mr. Schmidt maintains that he has broken no laws in making his land available for the parties.

        He said a Columbus-area promoter hasn't decided whether to cancel the July 3 rave scheduled for the complex and he fears other promoters may shy away because of the controversy.

        “You could see the way it was going to go,” Mr. Schmidt said. “We weren't even allowed to speak at the (trustees) hearing (Tuesday). We were threatened with arrest. We'll get our chance to speak somewhere, someday.”


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