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VIDEO Cuyahoga Falls Police Argue Curfew Will Help Halt 'Drug Deals' and 'Gang-Related Activity' Along Riverfront

Police chief and mayor echo concerns of minors unsupervised along riverfront.

Cuyahoga Falls City Council met Monday night to discuss a proposed curfew for minors along the riverfront.

During the last two summers, officers said they’ve seen an increase in the number of unattended minors and violent incidents, from the amphitheater, which host Rockin' on the River concerts, to the fountain near the entrance to .

“The idea wasn’t to necessarily ban people under 18 from coming down to the area, but rather have them come down with family members, with a parent, with an adult responsible for them,” said Police Capt. Jack Davis. “We really feel that by doing that it will increase the safety for all our visitors down there, especially the younger ones.”

During the public discussion, Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Tom Pozza stepped up to the podium to address concerns regarding reported drug dealing, assaults and gang member profiling along the riverfront, especially in the area underneath the Portage Trail bridge.

“Last summer we had a couple of Akron police department gang unit detectives hook up with some of my officers down on the riverfront, specifically to identify gangbangers from the city of Akron,” said Pozza.

“We need to utilize this ordinance, not as a weapon to ban good kids from Rockin' on the River, but as a weapon just to keep the peace in order," he said.

See more of Pozza's comments on what he described as an "escalting situation" in the video linked to this story.

The curfew area under consideration is between Oakwood Avenue and Broad Boulevard, along the Riverfront Mall and boardwalk. Police recommend the restrictions for unsupervised children take place between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., within the curfew area.

Parents or guardians of juveniles cited for violating the curfew could face a fine of $50. If parents or guardians do not retrieve the youths at the police station within three hours, offenders could be placed in juvenile detention facilities.

Joe Kleon April 28, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Robert is nothing but a bigot. The real problem is the bikers, who decend by the hundreds, park illegally, get roaring drunk, and drive away. These hell's angels wannbees cause far more problems than goth kids. Robart is a, old, crusty, out of touch, dinosaur. Funny how he complains about gothic appearance, yet he parades around in cheap suits that look like they were found in the trash. Screw Robart and his discrimination. I am embarassed to say I grew up in the dump that Cuyahoga Falls is becoming. Get rid of the bikers and get rid of the alcohol. Oh wait, the city makes money off getting people drunk and allowing them to drive away. Who is more of a danger? Drunk bikers, or a 16 year old guy with piercings? If Rotard made these comments about black people, or women, people would go crazy. Funny how people don't seem to care when the rights of young people are trampled upon. Robart needs to go. The ACLU should be all over this. It is nothing but illegal age discrimination. I will never spend another dime in Cuyahoga Falls. Go to Lock 3. The bands are better anyway. Plus, what kind of sissies are the falls police that they cannot handle a few 90 pound goth kids? I read there were 6 fights, the whole season. ROTR draws 3000-4000 people every week. Wow. There were a few fights. Train your Barney Fife's to handle things. Drunk adults are far more of a problem than kids. I hate Robart. Morons like him make me want to puke.
Concerned citizen May 18, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Mr. Robart, people who look different are not a threat. Get out of your 1950's mentality. It's funny that the "teenagers" whom you are discriminating against are more in tune to co-exist than the Mayor..
Monica Barth May 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM
I have lived in the falls and when ever I went to the Nat or anything like that. There is all underaged kids being dropped off and running around. There are so many thefts from the lockers, it's crazy! I say, good for the Falls. Now, something is being done and now there is a curfew in place to help with it. I think its time to be a parent again and know where your kids are. I have gone to Rockin and encountered these kids standing around. I tell my 23 yr old daughter to stay away from down there. She looks youunger than she is and I know she would be stopped.
Robin Anderson May 23, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Should'a brought a lock with you on your visit to the Nat...could'a had on-foot poliice patrols in the Riverfront area at anytime without a curfew...would'a thought better about big brother infringing on some folks rights if I'd'a known they'd be coming after mine next...
John McMillan May 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I know this is off topic, but is this the same Brenda Hogan that used to babysit me and my brothers when we lived on Hudson Drive? Great babysitter!! lol

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