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August 7, 1993 | DAVID A. AVILA
Five more girls have claimed they were molested by a carnival worker last month in the haunted house attraction at the Orange County Fair, Orange County sheriff's officials said Friday. Richard Allen Lee, 41, a twice-convicted child molester, was accused of fondling at least three girls on the evening of July 16, as they entered the haunted house attraction, authorities said. He faces nine counts of child molestation.
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July 1, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Responding to a series of mishaps that marred last year's Orange County Fair, officials plan to beef up security, more closely monitor carnival rides and perform drug tests on some of the hundreds of temporary employees who staff booths and attractions during the annual festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1993 | PATRICIA CALLAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state inspectors investigating the cause of a roller coaster crash at the Orange County fair have determined that a bell that normally rings to warn the brakeman of a train's approach was not functioning but concluded that the ultimate cause of the accident was operator error, state officials said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
Orange County Fair officials said they will start all over again in their efforts to negotiate a contract with a carnival operator for the next three annual fairs. The fair board initially planned to award the three-year carnival contract to Ray Cammack Shows of Laveen, Ariz., which has worked with the Los Angeles County Fair for many years. But B&B Amusements of Yuma, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
Officials at the Orange County Fair on Monday reported an overall attendance figure of 675,515--an increase of 1% from last year--for the 17-day event, which concluded Sunday. Fair spokeswoman Georgia Cluver said officials were "very pleased" with the turnout. "We always hope for the best, to increase attendance," she said. "But especially considering the economy, this is a very good attendance." Cluver said the record of 685,294 visitors was set in 1992, the fair's centennial year.
NEWS
October 1, 1998
Six months after a 15-year-old girl fell to her death from a carnival ride, prosecutors have taken the apparently unprecedented step of indicting nine amusement company executives, employees and inspectors on charges of murder. A defense lawyer and industry officials argued Wednesday that Leslie Lane's death was an accident. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted nine people of Yuma, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER and DIANE SEO
Orange County Fair officials have plans to finalize a three-year contract with a new carnival operator to provide rides at the fair through 1997, but a protest by the company that has provided rides for the past 10 years may stall the deal. The prospective operator, Ray Cammack Shows of Laveen, Ariz., has operated the midway for the Los Angeles County Fair for 10 years. It would replace B&B Amusements, which held the contract in Orange County for a decade and is protesting the decision.
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July 24, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 41-year-old carnival worker and convicted child molester was arrested at the Orange County Fair after he allegedly fondled three girls as they walked through the haunted house attraction, authorities said Friday. Richard Allen Lee, who told authorities he is a transient, was arrested the evening of July 16 after the three girlfriends from Santa Ana and Riverside, aged 12 to 14, ran from Cactus Jack's Haunted Shack screaming that someone had rubbed his hands over their bodies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD
State investigators Monday began looking into the electrocution of a carnival worker at the Orange County Fair on Saturday. Safety officials closed the Gravitron ride, where Ron Vogt, 45, of Los Alamitos is believed to have touched an exposed wire while repairing failed lights late Saturday night. "We don't have any conclusions at this time," said Jim Brown, regional manager for Cal-OSHA's Anaheim office. "We've shut the ride down until we are satisfied it can be operated."
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July 25, 1993
For more than a century, part of the fun of summer has been the Orange County Fair, which closes today. But this year's cavalcade of music, livestock and rides contained a cautionary note as well. Roller coaster riders climb aboard with the expectation of increasing nervousness as the cars climb and a stomach-in-the-throat feeling as they plunge. Riders also put their faith in a kind of psychological safety net, foreseeing no real harm from the ups and downs.
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