PNC Bans Booze After Ozzfest Deaths

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, GH, but alcohol has been banned in the parking lots of the PNC Bank Arts Center, effective immediately:

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities are taking a tougher approach after a crackdown failed to stop underage drinking at PNC Bank Arts Center.

Effective today, alcohol is banned in the parking lot of the central New Jersey Arts Center. The ban comes a day after two people died and more than 80 people were arrested Thursday night at an Ozzfest concert.

Police are investigating the deaths of two men, identified as Raymond Guarino, 26, of Forked River and Patrick Norris, 24, of Coram, N.Y.

After possibly taking drugs and alcohol, both passed out in separate incidents at the concert, went into cardiac arrest and later died. State Police said the men were believed to have ingested cocaine, marijuana and alcohol prior to their deaths. Troopers who searched Gaurino's vehicle found small amounts of both drugs.

Eighty-three people were arrested during the concert; 59 were charged with underage drinking. Other charges included distribution of drugs, lewd behavior, and providing alcohol to a minor.

Authorities said the Ozzfest incidents were the latest in a long string of problems this season that led them to ban alcohol in the center's parking lot.
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