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Roverfest relatively trouble-free


LORAIN — Roverfest came to a close Saturday evening without too much raucous behavior, although the event is billed to bring as much.

As far as incidents with law enforcement, the outcome was near zero, according to Lorain police.

Police Capt. Roger Watkins said there was one arrest for drunken disorderly conduct and 63 medical calls, with LifeCare Ambulance transporting eight people to local hospitals of the thousands in attendance.

RoverFest X, known for its debauchery and big-name rock and rap acts, was the 10th incarnation of the event, hosted by its namesake, Rover — real name Shane French — radio host for WMMS’s morning show, “Rover’s Morning Glory.”

Herb de la Porte, LifeCare’s vice president, said the day was a success, with fewer emergency calls than in previous years due to the milder weather for Saturday’s all-day festival. He said they usually see about 10 transports from Lorain’s Black River Landing, where the event has been held in recent years.

“(We saw) generally stuff that you would expect,” he said. “It’s was a very nice, quiet thing.”

De la Porte said the 15 medics on-site saw about 60 people in the first-aid tent, and of the seven taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin and one taken to University Hospitals Amherst Medical Center, none were suffering from anything life-threatening.

“I really thought it was a fantastic event, and I hope (Roverfest) come(s) back,” he said.

Contact Carissa Woytach at 329-7245 or

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