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Memorial Day Roundup from Nation’s Campgrounds

May 31, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The nation’s RV parks and campgrounds were the scene of many events over the Memorial Day weekend, not all of them happy ones.

Following are highlights from some of the unfortunate ones:

IOWA

A woman died Sunday after a tree fell on her tent at Lake MacBride State Park in eastern Iowa, the Des Moines Register reported.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the woman was camping with her sister and friends when a storm hit Sunday morning. A tree on private property adjacent to the park’s campground in Solon fell on the woman’s tent. She was the only one inside.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her name was not released.

INDIANA

Two suspects are facing charges after a series of Memorial Day weekend thefts at the Starve Hollow Campground in Indiana, WAVE-TV, Louisville, Ky., reported.

Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say at least 17 campsites reported thefts on the morning of Sunday, May 29th.

“We believed we had someone coming in from outside the park committing the thefts, we did not suspected any of the patrons that were camping here this weekend.” said Indiana Conservation Officer Nathan Berry. “No matter what the cost of the items stolen, the thefts certainly put a damper on the Holiday weekend for a lot of our campers.”

Around 2 a.m. Monday, a Starve Hollow security guard witnessed two men pushing a moped out of the campground.

The two suspects were later identified as Brandon Peters of Ripley County and Gavin Goens of Vallonia.

Both Goens and Brandon Peters were arrested on theft charges.

Conservation officers are still attempting to connect the thefts from the 29th and the 30th.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

An Enderby family clings to hope their 17-year-old son will return home after going missing on the weekend, CKFR Radio, Kelowna, reported.

The teen, Daniel Linz, is said to have been at a party at an RV park near the Shuswap River Friday night and failed to return home overnight.

“In the (Saturday) morning, the family went back to the RV park in Enderby. They found his backpack, hoodie and a toque beside a picnic table,” says RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, adding that alcohol is reported to have been consumed at the party. He says once police were informed then Vernon Search and Rescue were called in. A police helicopter and a search boat has been scouring the river and its banks. Molendyk says the search continues.

Meanwhile, a search continued on the weekend along Cherry Creek, east of Cherryville, for a missing 31-year-old Vernon man. He disappeared in the water over a week ago while trying to rescue his dog. The water is running extremely high in North Okanagan rivers and creeks.

ARIZONA

Several campgrounds and recreation areas in eastern Arizona have been evacuated as crews work to contain a fire near Alpine, KNXV-TV, Phoenix, reported.

Pam Baltimore, with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, said two engine crews have responded to the area to help battle the 100-acre blaze. Additional resources are also being called to the scene, Baltimore said.

The only structure currently threatened is the Reno Fire Lookout tower, which was also evacuated.

The residents of Hannagan Meadow, northeast of the fire, have been alerted to the blaze.

Forest officials tell ABC15 a road closure is in place from Wildcat Point on Forest Service Road 25 to Highway 191, and the public is asked to avoid the area.

Baltimore said the fire appears to be human-caused.


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