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5 NEWS UPDATE: Morgantown Authorities Handle "Destructive" Aftermath of WVU vs. Texas Game
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 08, 2012 @ 8:02PM
Created on October 08, 2012 @ 4:57PM

West Virginia University Vice President of Student Affairs Ken Gray issued the following statement Sunday about incidents in the Sunnyside area of Morgantown Saturday evening and early Sunday:

“It’s unfortunate that despite the coordinated efforts of the University – including students, law enforcement and the administration, and City of Morgantown officials, there remain a few individuals who choose to celebrate West Virginia University athletic successes unsafely and inappropriately.

“The behavior of some reacting to the Mountaineers’ victory Saturday night is unacceptable and detracts from the team’s achievements.

“Otherwise on campus, it was a successful Fall Family Weekend where thousands of parents and friends enjoyed the beautiful weekend, with many of them packing the Mountainlair to witness the victory over the Longhorns.

“WVU will continue to cooperate with Morgantown, Monongalia County and state law enforcement authorities in every way possible. University officials will also review videotapes and any student who is identified breaking the law will be subject to the full range of civil and school penalties, up to and including expulsion. Students among those charged by civil authorities will also face school penalties, which again can include expulsion.

“We will continue to seek ways to stop this kind of behavior including through education, communication and cooperation.”

Original Story:
Morgantown authorities were busy Saturday night handling what officials called the "destructive aftermath" of the WVU vs. Texas football game.
A crowd of approximately 1000 people took to the streets in the Sunnyside area of Morgantown Saturday night. About 50 police officers wore protective helmets, gas masks, and body armor and carried crowd control batons. According to a press release from the Morgantown Police Department, those officers were repeatedly pelted by bottles, rocks, and other objects as they attempted to gain control of the crowd.
Officers used pepper spray and CS gas against the groups which were also setting fires, fighting, and attempting to overturn vehicles. The crowd eventually dispersed, but several officers received minor injuries. However, none of those officers needed medical treatment.
The Morgantown Fire Department extinguished about 30 fires, and charged five people with arson related offenses. Police from different agencies arrested about 10 people with charges ranging from battery on an officer, escape, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, and battery. Citations were also issued for alcohol related offenses.
Officials said they'll meet this week to discuss "response options" to future problems.
Officers and employees of the Morgantown Police Department, the WVU Department of Public Safety, the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, the West Virginia State Police, the Granville Police Department, the Westover Police Department, the Morgantown Fire Department, and the Morgantown Street Department all worked together and responded to Saturday night's incidents.

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Comments (3)
Oct 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM
i think that if the WVU would threaten to cancel a home game behavior would stop. Now the sad thing is the may have to cancel a game to prove there point. Cause threats of these students with punishments that are civil or school related is a tap on the wrist. Charge a fews with heavy jail time for arson and actually put them in the jail will get students or non-students who are involved thinking even in a drunk brain haze. but either lite it on fire or get of the pot. i am tired of the same ole coverage i guess bad coverage is good coverage if it gets u air time lol
Oct 07, 2012 at 7:32 PM
Those arrested need to be prosecuted to the fulliest no plea bargining. This kind of behavior needs to stop. No wonder West Virginia is looked down on.
Oct 07, 2012 at 5:14 PM
As a resident of the area, I'm not sure why we keep seeing these articles about the problems we have with the students, espically in the areas of Grant Ave, Beverly Ave, McLane Ave at Third, Fourth, and Fifth street areas. How many times do we have to have these incidents before someone is killed because of the lack of public safety officials making plans to control the fires and fights. If we look at what happend on St Patricks Day of 2012 we should have learned how to prevents things of this scale. Why when we know that there is going to be a busy weekend (ie, football games, holidays) would the police departments not add extra officers to the streets? Why not have a handful of officers, other then the ones working the rest of the city, assigned to the problem areas. It seems like simple steps that could be taken to help the problem. Not to mention, when Morgantown Police can't handle their own problem and they have to call in the officers from the surrounding areas. What happens when something big occurs in Granville or Westover and those officers are busy in the City of Morgantown dealing with something that is not their problem.
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