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Safety alert issued after random assaults at Clark County Fair; sheriff’s office making changes

CLARK COUNTY — At least four random attacks by a group of juveniles at the Clark County Fair has prompted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County 4-H to issue a warning and make changes surrounding this week’s fair.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Andy Reynolds said the department is investigating the nighttime attacks, which are believed to have been done by the same group of seven to 10 juvenile males. No charges have been filed, but investigators said they believe they know who has been responsible for the assaults.

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The attackers appear to have been targeting the victims as they walk into dark areas of the fairgrounds. No items have been reportedly stolen during the incidents, Reynolds said.

Reynolds said no serious injuries have been reported from the assaults, however one victim did end up going to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The sheriff’s office has been at the fairgrounds throughout the day Tuesday installing additional lighting and have increased patrols to ensure the safety of fair attendees, the Major added.

The assaults also have prompted the Clark County 4-H to alert its exhibitors and families about the incidents.

4-H Extension Educator Patty House said the organization is encouraging “4-H and FFA exhibitors’ parents, volunteers and advisors to work with Barn Superintendents and Species Committees to increase adult supervision in and around the barns during the late afternoon and evening hours as crowds increase.”

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“Avoid being alone as you travel across the fairgrounds even if you are a teen.  Safety and security are greater when you travel with your friends, parents, grandparents, especially in the evenings after dark,” House said.

House is also encouraging people to choose to ride the rides on the Midway during daylight hours instead of the evenings.

Anyone who sees unacceptable behavior that may threaten the safety of yourself or others are asked to not confront the individuals and immediately report the incident to fair management and law enforcement on site or by calling 937-328-2560 or 937-521-3287. If it is an emergency you should dial 911.

“Our goal is to make sure everyone maintains a heightened sense of personal awareness and safety,” House said.

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