Violence at One Park?

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

When you sign up to throw a party at the Jaycee's Pavilion, one major rule is enforced.

They have to pay for their own security or we take care of the security and is deposited and paid for by them," said Barry Henry, president of the Southern Kentucky Fair Board.

Despite this measure, fights and even shootings have occurred on the grounds near the Jaycees building, especially on weekend nights when parties have taken place.

The first shooting left 24 year-old Kevan Thomas dead and three others wounded as shots flew out at as a 2004 WKU Homecoming party was broken up.

Another shooting occurred just two weeks ago a man was shot inside a bathroom in the pavilion.

In recent years, Henry says that they have taken precautionary measures. "We have more security required and the supply security."

Local police are also stepping up their patrolling of the area in a effort to stop these incidents from happening.

"We typically get advanced notice there's going to be an event held out at the places such as Lampkin Park and the officers do provide extra patrol to the particular area," said BGPD Ofc. Jerry Corbitt of the BGPD.

Corbitt also said that most of the complaints recieved from the Lampkin Park area are usually for disorderly conduct or noise-related offenses.

Henry said security guards at the door pat down anyone entering parties but they are still trying to figure out how the assailant was able to get a gun on the property in the most recent shooting.

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