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.”
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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