Events at Craig Flack’s River Farm Recreation, west of Jefferson, have ended in recent years with a number of arrests. FILE PHOTO

Assaults, drugs mar River Farm event

By ANDREW McGINN

a.mcginn@beeherald.com

Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams said Monday that at least 11 people were drugged against their will, including a 17-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted, during the annual Summer Bash at River Farm Recreation west of Jefferson.

The increasingly notorious venue, owned by Craig Flack, has a history of underage drinking.

But, Williams said, a new substance appeared this past weekend at River Farm’s two-day event: the club drug ecstasy.

“I’m still trying to sort through all the calls,” Williams said, adding that his office burned through a quarter of its overtime budget this past weekend.

Williams said Flack initially refused to allow law enforcement access to the property on Friday night, but relented Saturday.

“The drugs were a huge problem,” he said.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies investigated the report of an assault involving a handgun.

Williams said 21-year-old Nicklaus Harrison, of Forest City, punched a female, then reportedly pulled a gun on a group of males who confronted him.

Harrison was arrested on charges of assault causing bodily injury and carrying weapons.

Find a more complete story about the weekend event in the July 23 Jefferson Herald.

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