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Extra Patrols on Duty at Waldameer During Stabbing

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After a stabbing last night, officials at Waldameer and Millcreek Police will be discussing  possible changes in security at the amusement park.
         
The stabbing occurred after several fights took place throughout the evening. Park management and Millcreek Police expect trouble on the three big holidays, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.  Extra security, including armed township police officers, are inside the park during those holidays.

It was around nine o' clock last night when two males started fighting near the ticket gate at Waldameer Park. One of the combatants stabbed the other in the neck.  The injured man was taken to UPMC Hamot.  He  is not cooperating with the police investigation.  Millcreek Police Chief Mike Tesore says ten to twelve fights took place throughout last night at Waldameer.  On top of extra private security the amusement park brings in during the big holidays, Waldameer also pays Millcreek Township to patrol the park.  6 on-duty Millcreek officers were assigned to the park from 5pm to 10pm last night.  Some arrests were made in connection with the other fights, but none concerning the stabbing.

Waldameer President Steve Gorman says families should be aware that trouble could break out on busy holidays.   But, he says families should not be afraid of coming to the park.

"99% of the summer, or more, it's a wonderful place to be.   It's safe and a family environment.   That's our goal.   We would do everything we can to keep that environment. It's really unfortunate that a few individuals disrupted everyone else's good time," he said.

Park officials will sit down with Millcreek Police to see if there's anything else they can do to prevent violence at Waldameer.
 
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