Hayden says he never sought criminal probe of 'rave' party

January 05, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden said yesterday that he did not call off a criminal investigation of an all-night teen-age "rave" party held New Year's Eve at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

In fact, Mr. Hayden said, he never called for a "criminal" investigation of the party and allegations that participants consumed illegal drugs and alcohol, even though he said Saturday that he would have police and county prosecutors investigate the party.

"We are investigating and we are going to continue to investigate" the weekend rave party, Mr. Hayden said yesterday. But "there is no criminal investigation. There never was one," he said.

Instead, Mr. Hayden said, police, prosecutors and other county officials are trying to determine what happened at the party and whether there is anything that can be done to better control such events.

"Is there anything that other jurisdictions do when they have large-scale events that we're not doing?" he asked.

Mr. Hayden also said that if police and prosecutors found evidence of criminal wrongdoing, they would pursue it.

The county executive said he had concerns about reports that the dance floor was dark and dangerous, and that underage teens were drinking, using drugs and having sex on the floor of the Cow Palace.

Mr. Hayden also said the county would examine the permit process and the potential violation of fire regulations.

"We're going to do the best job possible of protecting the citizens of Baltimore County," he said.

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